Facebook has been a great way to connect with people for many years now. Since it first came out, the company has added a ton of new features that has made the social network that much better to connect with people. But what if some people on Facebook bug you with their constant posts about politics or kittens and you just don’t want to see it anymore.
Up until now, if you wanted to silence those people you would have to block them until you decided to add them again. Fortunately, Facebook is adding a feature that will allow you to hit the “snooze” on people who annoy you.
Much like the similar Whatsapp function, the feature would allow users to mute friends, Pages or Groups for 24 hours, seven days, 30 days – or even permanently.
It’s being trialed on top of the ‘unfollow’ option with a small group of users in the US and was spotted by Twitter user Media by Dre.
— DRE|media by Dré (@dremediaworks) September 12, 2017
Instead of Unfollow, you can hide annoying status updates from your timeline. Simply find the offending update. In the top right-hand corner of the status box, you find a tiny upside down triangle. Click it, and select “Hide.” The status will be hidden from your feed and you’ll be presented with an option to “Hide all stories.” Click on that and you’ll be spared all status updates from that person on your timeline.
You can also hide updates from apps, publications, and Facebook pages with the Hide button. It’s a great way to declutter your feed without hurting anyone’s feelings. You’ll still be Facebook friends and they’ll never know you’ve hidden their status updates from your timeline. If you need to see what they are up to, just hop on over to their profile page.
Facebook have not yet confirmed if the feature will be rolled out globally (but here’s hoping).
To ‘Snooze’ a friend, all you have to do is click on the top right of a post and select the option.
Facebook told TechCrunch: “We’re testing new ways to give people control over their News Feed so they can stay connected with the stories they find most relevant.”