New Tool Fights Excessive Facebook Use

New Tool Fights Excessive Facebook Use
Facebook is working on a tool which is designed to prevent social media addiction.

(CCM) — Facebook is developing a tool which helps users limit their use of its social network in a bid to restore trust in the company following a string of scandals.

The tool, called "Your Time on Facebook" is intended to "help make sure people's time on Facebook is time well spent," a Facebook representative said in a Fortune report. It shows users their time spent on Facebook each day for the previous week and also a rolling daily average, according to the report. Users can also set a daily usage time limit of their choice, and the tool will issue an alert when that limit is exceeded. Facebook has not yet announced when Your Time on Facebook will be publicly available.

U.S. legislators discussed the problem of social media addiction when Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder, appeared before Senate committees earlier this year. So Zuckerberg may be hoping that Your Time on Facebook will mollify them before they feel compelled to take any actions that could hurt the social network.

Ironically, Facebook reported its first ever decline in users from the U.S. and Canada towards the end of 2017, and particularly among young users from the U.S. However, this does not necessarily indicate a decline in social media usage, because many of these users have simply migrated to the Facebook-owned Instagram service.

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