Facebook launches new snooze feature

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If you're exhausted of putting up with a particular person, group or page for a while, just click the menu in the upper right-hand corner of their latest post and click "Snooze" and you won't see anything from them for 30 days.

And if you are tempted to click it, you won't see content from those people, pages or groups in your News Feed for that time period.

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Facebook will also give you a notification when this 30 days is about to run out, in case you want to snooze them again. It'll also let you control who can see your past posts, presumably so people won't be able to see old photos and status updates with you and your ex.

While the hide and/or report post options are focused on performing an action over a specific post, the new snooze option is focused on performing an action on the source of the posts, be it on a friend, page or group.

Facebook's move is based on a bunch of internal and external research on how social media affects moods. Just before the quiet period is set to expire, Facebook will send an alert so you can be prepared or renew the Snooze for an additional length of time.

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Facebook is one of those places where sometimes we feel bad for unfriending people, even if their posts annoy us.

One of our core News Feed values is giving people more control.

"With people spending more time on social media, many rightly wonder whether that time is good for us", they wrote.

Facebook recently pledged $1 million toward research "to better understand the relationship between media technologies, youth development and well-being".

While Facebook still relentlessly uses its algorithms to show posts in your News Feed, there's at least a decent amount of customization users can do here.