Instagram and Facebook both testing a ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature

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Instagram and Facebook are simultaneously testing a ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature, TechCrunch reports. The two sister companies according to the report, could soon hand users more control over how they want to receive notifications from the two apps. A couple of respected tech bloggers including WABetaInfo and Matt Navarra were first to spot the feature, while some users claim that they have indeed spotted it on their apps.

The Do Not Disturb feature allows Facebook users to activate a certain time frame ranging from of 30 minutes, one hour, two hours, eight hours, one day or until they are manually turned back on.

TechCrunch adds that Facebook is also considering allowing users to turn off sound or vibration on its notifications. Not everyone has spotted the feature yet which is hidden within the code of the Facebook and Instagram apps, but tests are likely to have started already.

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A few weeks ago, Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it was working on a plan to help you curb your Facebook addiction. Hidden with the Facebook Android app is an unreleased feature called “Your Time on Facebook.” The feature, according to Jane Manchun Wong, will display tally of how much time you have spent on the Facebook app on your phone within the last seven days as well as the average time spent each of those days.

You will also be able to set a reminder that reminds you when you get to that limit on the Facebook app on your Android phone. A shortcut is also being added in your Facebook notification settings to make things easier.

Facebook confirmed the feature development to TechCrunch, with a spokesperson telling us, “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent.”

Like its parent company, Instagram is also working on a similar feature that will help you to curb your social media addition. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in a tweet last May said:

It’s true . . . We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram – any time should be positive and intentional . . . Understanding how time online impacts people is important, and it’s the responsibility of all companies to be honest about this. We want to be part of the solution. I take that responsibility seriously.

Facebook is testing a new feature that will let you snooze certain keywords for a period of 30 days. “Keyword Snooze” according to the social media behemoth, will allow you to temporarily hide content within your News Feed until a time that is convenient for you.

Keyword Snooze is located in the upper right-hand menu in your News Feed. Should you choose to mute certain keywords, you won’t be able to see posts in News Feed containing such words or phrases from any person, Page or Group for 30 days.

Not all posts on Facebook interest people, and adding a feature like Snooze to News Feed will further encourage engagement. That aside, it will help people to concentrate on those posts that they really want to see.

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