New Facebook feature lets you block spoilers

No more having your favourite shows or movie franchises spoiled by someone on your feed

Facebook are introducing a new feature that will allow users to block spoilers from their feeds.

The Keyword Snooze function will work like Twitter’s Mute function, whereby users can select certain keywords to make sure posts featuring them do not appear on their timeline.

To block a keyword, Facebook users will have to find a story with the phrase or word they wish to stop seeing in and click the drop down arrow on the post. Then they will be given the option to “snooze keywords in this post” and choose from a list of keywords which to be block.

Keyword Snooze will apply the function to posts from people, pages and groups, and will last for 30 days. You will be able to re-snooze the keywords after that period.

The new feature is being introduced to test markets today (June 27) and, if successful, will be introduced to all users. Keyword Snooze can also be used to block any words or phrases users no longer wish to see on their feed, not just those relating to TV shows or movies.

Meanwhile, the cast of Avengers: Infinity War have revealed the extreme lengths Marvel go to avoid spoilers leaking from set. Elisabeth Olson, who plays Scarlett Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, told the ACE Comic Con the stars of the movie were only told the film’s ending minutes before they filmed it.

“I found out from the Russos exactly what was going to happen and it wasn’t until we shot it on that day we learned what the ending was,” Olsen explained. “They took us into a van – all of us – we were in a van with air conditioning because it was very hot and they told us how the movie was going to end and no one knew.”