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

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

"With Snooze, you don't have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone's posts for a short period of time", Facebook Product Manager Shruthi Muraleedharan said in a blog post. You can also choose to end the snooze at any time. Snooze offers a temporary solution instead of a more permanent one.

Users can mute people, pages or groups. The people, Pages, and groups you snooze will not be notified.

In addition to the new feature, Facebook as a website has also made regular changes to its news feed so that less "clickbait" appears and more posts from close friends make appearances.

But the mute button is not a new feature. In the last few weeks, two of its former executives voiced their concerns about the company's impact on children's brains.

Ginsberg and Burke said social media can have a positive effect on people when they use it for active interaction, such as sharing pictures, commenting on posts or chatting with friends.

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"The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works".

In terms of how Facebook is affecting the emotions of users, the company says there's both good and bad. "It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other". 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 reason for it is not clear.

But if people interact with their friends on social media, they feel a lot better about themselves.

You can mute a friend my selecting the menu option in the right hand corner of their latest post and hitting "Snooze".

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