The new set of features, called “Your time on Facebook” and “Your activity” on Instagram will be found in the settings page of both platforms, these features were designed to address concerns of addiction to social apps being detrimental to users well-being.
These features will be available to all users in the next couple of weeks.
Facebook’s David Ginsberg and Instagram’s Ameet Ranadive said in a blog post: “We developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organisations, academics, our own extensive research and feedback from our community.”
“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.”
In January, Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, declared that “making sure time spent on Facebook is time well spent” was one of the key problems facing the site, alongside “protecting our community from abuse and hate” and “defending against interference by nation states”.
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