Facebook Inc. appears to be working on a new tool that will allow users to keep track of how time they spend on its platform and set usage limits for themselves. According to a TechCrunch report from this morning, Boston-based engineer Jane Manchun Wong uncovered the feature after digging into Facebook’s Android app. The company confirmed the discovery, telling the publication that “we’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent.” The news comes just a few weeks after Wong found a similar tool hidden in the code of Instagram’s Android app. Kevin Systrom, chief executive officer of the Facebook subsidiary, personally confirmed that his group is developing a usage tracking feature following the discovery. No details are available as of yet about what information Instagram will show users. However, it’s reasonable to assume that the feature will share at least some similarities with the one parent company Facebook is developing. A screenshot shared by Wong (below) shows that the social network’s usage tracking tool can display how much browsing time a user has clocked up in each of the past seven days, as well as calculate a daily average for… Read full this story
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