Facebook announces tools to manage time on its platform and Instagram

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Facebook has announced new tools to help people manage their time on Facebook and Instagram: an activity dashboard, a daily reminder and a new way to limit notifications. They developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organizations, academics, their own extensive research and feedback from our community.

It want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring. The tools would give people more control over the time they spend on its platforms and also foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them.

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To access the tools, go to the settings page on either app. On Instagram tap “Your Activity,” and on Facebook, tap “Your Time on Facebook.” At the top, you’ll see a dashboard showing your average time for that app on that device. Tap any bar to see your total time for that day. Below the dashboard, you can set a daily reminder to give yourself an alert when you’ve reached the amount of time you want to spend on that app for that day. You can change or cancel the reminder at any time. You can also tap on “Notification Settings” to quickly access the new “Mute Push Notifications” setting. This will limit your Facebook or Instagram notifications for a period of time when you need to focus.

Additional Tools

Although they have more work to do, over the past year, it has introduced a number of tools to help people better control their experience on Facebook and Instagram. On Facebook, it improved News Feed quality to show people the most relevant posts with features like See FirstHideUnfollow, and Keyword Snooze. On Instagram, it launched powerful tools to proactively care for the community — like the “You’re All Caught Up” message in Feed, keyword filtering, sensitivity screens, and offensive comment and bullying filters.

Facebook now also have an ongoing, global commitment to suicide prevention, including the expansion of proactive detection and improvement of first responder identification. The approach was developed in collaboration with mental health organizations such as Save.org and with input from people who have had personal experience thinking about or attempting suicide.

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