Facebook has chosen live video as the next media format to dominate, and it’s dragging users along for the ride whether they like it or not.
The social network has begun inundating users with notifications that friends or Pages they like are streaming live videos. If you don’t care about live video, this can be as maddening as those alerts that your great-aunt has invited you to play Candy Crush for the hundredth time.
Thankfully, there’s a way to stop the deluge. The next time you get a live notification, click the upside-down caret in the top-right corner of the notifications box. A pop-up menu will give you the option to “turn off live video notifications” from that friend or Page.
You can use the same technique to eliminate other repeating alerts, such as notifications of friends’ birthdays.
Unfortunately, you have to do go through this process for each friend or Page that pops up trying to make you care about live video. Facebook told Engadget last week that it soon plans to roll out a way to disable all live video notifications via the Settings menu.