Facebook's new Snooze button mutes friends for a month or more

Facebook's new Snooze button mutes friends for a month or more

If you do, the button is rolling out now across Facebook. You could also turn off a particularly chatty Facebook friend whose continuous updates clutter your feed.

Everyone has a Facebook friend they find annoying, whether because they post bad dad jokes, spout political nonsense, or simply have dissimilar views and interests.

This new feature allows users to take a little 30-day break from any of their friends or any pages or groups they follow on the social media platform.

According to Facebook, "With Snooze, you don't have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone's posts for a short period of time".

'You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end and the setting can also be reversed at any time.

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To snooze someone, look at one of their posts. In addition to upgrading its AI technology to detect suicidal ideation last month, Facebook announced on Friday it was introducing a "snooze" feature it hopes will help with overall user well-being.

The people, pages and groups you hit the snooze button on won't know, and Facebook will notify you when you snooze is about to expire. In fact, Twitter has it since 2014.

"Social networks are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works". Whether they're re-sharing countless videos or refuse to keep quiet during an election season, Facebook's got your back with a new snooze option.

The announcement comes as a parade of former Facebook employees have spoken out against the company and social media in general, and the impact it might have on the well-being of people.

The option will be available through the top-right dropdown menu on every post.

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