Facebook is introducing a new feature called “Keyword Snooze” which is intended to block spoilers from showing on users’ newsfeeds.
Social media is more present in people’s lives than it has ever been before – and while this is a good thing in terms of communication with friends and family, there are a number of downsides to the global phenomenon – one of the smaller (and more easily solved) of which is the massive risk of stumbling across spoilers on your newsfeed.
We’ve all been there. It’s Monday, and Game of Thrones has already aired in the US, and die-hard fans have already seen the new episode. But, while you wait until you have the chance to watch yourself, you open Facebook and – bam! – your auntie Debbie has announced her shock and awe over the latest death and ruined the surprise for everyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
Well, according to Entertainment Weekly, Facebook is working to save TV fans from the Debbies of the world with the introduction of a feature named “Keyword Snooze” which will effectively block out the spoilers.
The way it works is pretty simple. Users will be able to open up a menu of keywords available to snooze from posts on their feed, so you will be able to type in “Game of Thrones” or “Westworld” and no posts containing those words will show on your newsfeed for 30 days. However, you cannot snooze these words in adverts – so you may still see ads containing the snoozed subject.
Facebook are currently beginning to roll this feature out to users, so keep an eye out over the coming weeks, and start making a list of all the things you’re going to need to snooze. *Googles every character in Game of Thrones to prevent any posts slipping through the cracks*