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Put your annoying friend on mute with Facebook's 'Snooze' button

The social network is testing a feature that temporarily hides a friend, page, or group.

What do you do when one of your Facebook friends is getting on your nerves? 

If you're not friends in "real life," then they might as well be deleted or unfollowed.

But sometimes there are people you actually like, who you just don't want to hear from for awhile. 

You know, that friend who keeps posting a promotion for their Scentsy business or the one who just had a new baby and is providing hour-by-hour updates. You don't want to completely sever ties, but you can't take the over-sharing. 

You could hit "Unfollow," but you'll have to go through a few steps to start seeing their updates again. And you might miss some posts you actually care about down the road – or even forget that that person is on your friend list.

Facebook understands the dilemma, and it's testing a solution: the Snooze button.

As an alternative to unfollowing someone – who you might then lose track of – the snooze feature allows you to temporarily put a friend, page, or group on mute for 24 hours, 7 days, or 30 days.

TechCrunch first noticed the option earlier this week, and confirmed with Facebook that the Snooze button is currently being tested with a small segment of users.

“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," a spokesperson told the site.

Users who have access to the test-run can tap the drop-down arrow in the top right of someone’s post and select "Unfollow or Snooze." (For the rest of us, it still just says "Unfollow.")

They tap that button, then choose whether to snooze someone for a day, a week, a month, or to permanently unfollow them.

Facebook hasn't provided any information about when the test began or how widespread it is, Engadget says

And there's no guarantee that the Snooze button will be permanently incorporated into the site.

But it seems like people are excited about the possibility.

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