It wouldn’t have been so bad of a Monday…until we opened our Facebook app and saw a giant spoiler for Sunday’s season finale of Westworld. Oh, great. So that’s how it ends.
Thankfully, Facebook wants to change all that. The platform just rolled out a new snooze feature for keywords, meaning you can avoid TV-show and movie spoilers, political topics (ugh) or the outcomes of games you have yet to watch (bless you, DVR). This comes in addition to the people and pages snooze feature the app rolled out last year.
The new feature, which will mute whatever keywords you want for 30 days so they don’t appear in your News Feed or Groups, works by first finding a post with the keyword you want to avoid (say, spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale). Then you can click a drop-down arrow on the post, click “snooze keywords in this post” and choose from a list of nouns that the FB search engine finds. Select the ones you don’t want to see for the next month, and voilà: no more disheartening Gilead updates.
There are a couple issues with the new feature (like the fact that you have to find a post containing the topic in order to snooze it), but Facebook says it’s fixing the kinks as it rolls it out to all users in the coming weeks.
Now, if only we could do the same for our group chats…