Facebook's 'keyword snooze' allows users to avoid ex, spoilers and grim news

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If the devastating ending for "Avengers: Infinity War" was spoiled for you, or if you haven't caught up on hit TV shows like "Westworld", Facebook is introducing a feature that will help you avoid those spoilers from showing up in your News Feed.

You enable it from a post in your feed, via the upper right-hand menu.

Facebook has introduced keyword snooze to allow users to block stories from their news feed.

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Facebook might change bits of the feature, like adding more or less time or even permanent muting of words depending on user feedback, however the firm defaults to temporary muting in case users simply forget they've muted a word and then subsequently fail to see all content around a certain topic. For some time now, users have had the option to hide posts from individuals and publishers and "snooze" people for 30 days.

"If you choose to "snooze" a keyword, you won't see posts in your News Feed containing that exact word or phrase from any person, Page or Group for 30 days", the company said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The new feature was spotted by another code sleuth Chris Messina who found a string for "snooze keywords for 30 days" within Facebook's code. When you select the option, you're given a list of keywords pulled from the text of the post, and can select which ones you want to snooze.

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However, the option doesn't work on ads.

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