Facebook is adding the ideal feature for those annoying 'Facebook friends'

Otis Hoffman
December 17, 2017

Launched today, the company says it allows users to mute posts from their Facebook friends and the pages they've liked. If you want to temporarily halt those notifications, you can choose to use the snooze feature and now just the Unfollow / Hide tool that's currently available. You can snooze someone for 30 days at a time, which is an interesting change from Facebook's test, which also let you set someone to snooze for 24 hours or seven days.

Nonetheless, sorry if you were thinking of who to snooze already, you'd need to be a little more patient on that one. Just because a person or a page or group sent one or two annoying posts doesn't mean they are totally going to annoy you forever, therefore totally unfollowing/unfriending them in this case is the permanent decision (sorta) that you shouldn't be making...yet.

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You'll still be friends with that person or be a part of that group or Page, but any content they post won't show up in your timeline.

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