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Facebook Is Testing a New Snooze Feature for Temporarily Muting Friends

Facebook logo at Salon Viva Technology At Parc des Expositions in Paris.Facebook logo at Salon Viva Technology At Parc des Expositions in Paris.

We all have those Facebook friends that we’d rather not read every single post from. Some are over-sharers, others might hold political views unlike our own. Whatever the reason, unfriending them often seems a bit too harsh, so instead, we opt for the “unfollow” option. There’s just one problem: When you unfollow a person, you don’t see any of their posts, which might not be exactly what you’re after either. Now, Facebook is testing a new option: a snooze feature.

TechCrunch reports that the social network is test-driving a feature that would allow you to snooze messages from a particular page or friend to give yourself a little break from their posts without unfollowing them entirely.

The feature isn’t available for everyone just yet, but it’s found by clicking the three dots besides a post of the offending party and then selecting “unfollow or snooze” from the drop-down menu that appears.

The snooze option include muting notifications for the person or page for 24 hours, a week, or 30 days.

Facebook hasn’t officially announced the feature, so there’s a chance it might never fully rollout publicly. However, if it does, it could be a great alternative to unfollowing or unfriending.