Edtech and Digital Literacy

New Tools to Manage Your Time on Instagram and Facebook

Written by Elvis Boniface

Facebook and Instagram will be introducing a new time management feature for users, Ameet Ranadive, Product Management Director at Instagram and David Ginsberg, Director of Research at Facebook have announced.

This announcement was made today on Twitter:

The new tool was said “to help people manage their time on Instagram and Facebook: an activity dashboard, a daily reminder and a new way to limit notifications.”

The tools which were said to based on collaboration and inspiration from “experts and research” are aimed at making time spent using the apps worthwhile, purposeful and apt.

“We want the time people spend on Instagram and Facebook to be intentional, positive and inspiring,” the company announced. “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.”

“It’s not just about the time people spend on Instagram and Facebook but how they spend that time. It’s our responsibility to talk openly about how time online impacts people — and we take that responsibility seriously. These new tools are an important first step, and we are committed to continuing our work to foster safe, kind and supportive communities for everyone.”

This move is another out of the recent moves to improve the usage of the two media one of which was under legal suit.

“On Facebook, we improved News Feed quality to show people the most relevant posts with features like See First, Hide, and Keyword Snooze. On Instagram, we 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,” Ameet and David co-wrote.

Also, they added, the platforms plan to expand by addressing other global issues like suicide, its detection, prevention and improvement of the lives of intending victims.

“We also have an ongoing, global commitment to suicide prevention, including the expansion of proactive detection and improvement of first responder identification.

“Our 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.”

The said updates were said will be rolled out soon on the two platforms.



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Elvis Boniface

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