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Facebook introduces ‘Keyword Snooze’ in News Feed

If you see a post with the offending keyword, you can select the option to snooze keywords from the post in the drop-down menu on the top right

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Facebook on Thursday introduced a new feature called ‘Keyword Snooze’ in News Feed that will allow users to hide certain keywords that they don’t want to see for 30 days.

The feature is a variant of another option to “snooze” people and pages you do not want to see which was introduced 2017.

Located in a post’s upper right-hand menu in News Feed, the “Keyword Snooze” feature gives people the option to temporarily hide posts by keywords, which are pulled directly from text in that post.

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“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,” Shruthi Muraleedharan, News Feed Product Manager, said in a blog post.

If you see a post with the offending keyword, you can select the option to snooze keywords from the post in the drop-down menu on the top right.

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“Even though we work to show you the most relevant posts on News Feed, we don’t always get it right. That’s why we’ve designed features like See First, Hide, Unfollow, Snooze, and now, Keyword Snooze.

“We hope that with additional options to help tailor your News Feed experience, you’ll be able to spend more time focusing on the things that matter,” the post added. (IANS)

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400 mn People Using Facebook Watch Monthly

The company also announced that "Ad Breaks" are now available to eligible Pages in 40 countries around the world

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Over 400 million people are using video-on-demand service Facebook Watch monthly and 75 million people daily who spend at least one minute on Watch, the social networking platform has announced.
Launched in the US in 2017, the video service allows users to enjoy videos from different genres, including entertainment, sports and news in their personalised “Watch Feed” that carries a collection of recent videos from the pages they follow.

“Well, 2018 was a big year for Facebook Watch. Watch launched in every country around the world, the platform opened to videos from all Pages, and we debuted dozens of Facebook Originals,” Fidji Simo, Head of Video, said in a blog post on Thursday.

In August, Facebook rolled out Watch globally on mobile and now, the service is also available on desktop and Facebook Lite, the company announced.

On an average, 75 million daily visitors spend more than 20 minutes in Watch.

“Since the Summer we have been working to bring ‘Watch Party’ to everyone on Facebook.

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“We’ve seen it really take off — there have been more than 12 million Watch Parties in Groups alone, and Watch Parties garner eight times more comments than regular videos in Groups,” said Facebook.

The company is also working to unify the video experience across Facebook.

Right now, people can find videos on Facebook in a number of different places — Watch, News Feed, Search, Pages and more.

“We want to make the experience of watching video feel immersive, no matter where you discovered it. As part of this effort, we’ll be testing a few things in the coming months,” informed Simo.

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The company also announced that “Ad Breaks” are now available to eligible Pages in 40 countries around the world.

“We’ll bring Ad Breaks to video creators in more countries around the world, and will test new Ad Breaks placements, like in livestreams from gaming creators,” Simo said, adding that the company would provide advertisers with more options to tailor their video ad campaigns and connect with target audience. (IANS)