New Tools to Manage Your Time on Facebook and Instagram

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Earlier in the summer, Facebook and Instagram each promised that users would soon be able to access a suite of digital health tools to help them manage their time on the social networks and promote healthier habits.

Today, the companies revealed these tools in a press release and confirmed they will be rolling out to all mobile app users “soon.”

Facebook Statement:

“We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring. Our hope is that these tools give people more control over the time they spend on our platforms and also foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them”.

Below that is “Manage Your Time” section with a few features that focus on customizing push notifications. One is a “set daily reminder” option, which is an alert that notifies you when you’ve reached the amount of time you want to spend on Facebook or Instagram for that day. The other is for “notification settings,” where you can access a new “mute push notifications” option to limit your Facebook or Instagram notifications for a period of time (15 minutes to 8 hours).

Additional Tools

As FB  improved News Feed quality to show people the most relevant posts with features like See FirstHideUnfollow, and Keyword Snooze.

On Instagram, they 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.

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, according to their global commitment to suicide prevention.

Community Outreach

Facebook also partnered with Scholastic and Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to develop and launch “Best Selves” social and emotional learning curriculum designed to give teachers easy to use lessons that help students develop pro-social behaviors; and worked with Stand for Children, Harvard’s Making Caring Common and other experts to develop “kindness” curriculum and launch Kind Schools Challenge which enrolls middle schools in teaching 30 days of kindness curriculum.

These updates are rolling out soon on Facebook and Instagram.

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