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This nifty new Google Chrome trick lets Facebook users read messages without anxiety
Google Chrome users can now scan through their Facebook messages without leaving a dreaded read receipt.
For those who don't know, read receipts are the small symbols that confirm to your friends that you've seen their previous message.
In WhatsApp these take the form of blue ticks, and within Facebook Messenger they appear as a small profile picture besides the last read message.
In some instances these small confirmation symbols can be incredibly useful.
However, there can also be a great source of anxiety.
Facebook has a number of different symbols to denote whether your recipient has read your message
Fortunately, there is a solution.
Facebook does not provide an official way to turn off read receipts within Messenger, unlike rival apps including iMessage and WhatsApp.
However Google Chrome users can prevent their friends from seeing read receipts with a nifty browser extension.
Unseen is a simple Chrome add-on that blocks both the "seen" and "typing" notifications that appear within Facebook Messenger.
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Be warned – the Chrome extension will not prevent "delivery receipts", so your friends will still know their message has arrived safe and sound, but not whether you've seen it yet.
Some users might not get exactly the same results, since these Chrome extensions aren't always the most reliable – especially when trying to block a feature that Facebook does not want users to disable.
However, should your results vary – there are a bucketload of different Chrome extensions available that claim to block read receipts.
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The news comes as Google Chrome users discovered that the web browser has a hidden, tongue-in-cheek message for web browser users who watch too much porn.
Google included the cheeky wink to people who use Incognito Mode, which allows users to browse the web without the Google Chrome saving your web history or form data.
The world's most popular web browser has a number of hidden features – including an incredibly addictive video game.