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Blog / 18 Sep 2017

#Newsfeed: Facebook tests Snooze button to deter unfollows; Music bible Rolling Stone is going up for sale; Instagram changes sound settings on autoplay videos

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According to TechCrunch, Facebook is testing a Snooze button that lets you temporarily unfollow friends, Pages or Groups for 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days. In a move that could help deter people from permanently unfollowing, unliking or unfriending pages on the platform, a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch “We’re testing new ways to give people control over their News Feeds so they can stay connected with the stories they find most relevant.”

Read more about this new feature here.

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Read more about the growing problem of inappropriate algorithmic ad targeting here.

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Get those headphones ready, because Instagram has changed the way videos on the platform autoplay with or without sound. Now when you open Instagram, videos will still autoplay with the sound off. But if you tap to turn one video’s sound on, indicated with a speaker icon in the bottom left, ALL other videos will autoplay with sound too for the rest of your Instagram session. Luckily, when you close the app, the autoplay audio resets to off for next time you use Instagram. But as video becomes more important on the platform, this is no doubt set to annoy users to no end.

Read more about this frustrating change here.

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Music bible Rolling Stone is being put up for sale, according to The New York Times. Ahead of the magazine’s 50th anniversary, founder Jann Wenner is putting his company’s controlling stake in Rolling Stone up for sale and relinquishing his hold on a publication he has led since its founding. The sale plans were devised by Mr. Wenner’s 27-year-old son, Gus, who has aggressively pared down the assets of Rolling Stone’s parent company, Wenner Media, in response to financial pressures.

Read more about this breaking story here.

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