When a romantic relationship comes to an end, it is usually easy to avoid unwanted face-face interactions with your ex. Well, Facebook has that uncomfortable situation sorted out for you!
Facebook announced that it is trialing a feature to hide posts from former significant others after a relationship end. The feature allows exes to be blissfully ignorant of each other’s up to date activities.
If your recent ex is still in your social circle, you don’t have to tolerate seeing his/her posts, photos, shares and comments on news feed.
“When people change their relationship status to indicate they are no longer in a relationship, they will be prompted to try out these new tools,” says product manager Kelly Winters.
This feature will present three specific options after changing relationship status to single:
- To see less of the person's name and profile picture around the site, with their posts not showing up in the news feed or name suggested when tagging friends in a status or photo.
- The option to limit the photos, videos, or status updates an ex will see.
- The ability to edit who can see old posts with a former partner and the option to untag posts with that person.
Relationship statuses have always been a divisive issue on social media, with some couples deciding to keep their privacy and romance to themselves. Practically, that might not be a good idea; a study published in July said those couples who post about each other frequently are happier than those who don't. But if their relationship ends, this past oversharing may make the breakup harder to deal with.