Facebook aims to make your post break-up experience less painful online

Facebook break-up tool
Facebook hopes to make your online post-breakup experience less heart breaking

If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you’ve no doubt had partners as ‘friends’ on the social network who you may well have since broken up with.

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See less from someone you’ve broken up with

Currently, if you decide you don’t want to be reminded of a certain someone, you need to unfriend or block them (or both). But for most people, the problem is that they will no doubt notice you’ve done that, which you might not want, especially if you’re trying to ‘play it cool’!

But undeniably, you may well experience a gut wrenching feeling if you accidentally stumble across an old post involving you and a former loved one in happier times, see them with someone new, or even worse – notice that they have changed their surname!

Anyway, in an effort to make the online experience after splitting up less painful to both parties, the world’s biggest social network, Facebook, has just announced that it is trialling new tools to help its members handle a relationship which has gone sour.

Essentially, their new break-up tool allows you to alter what an ex can see, but more importantly, without them being able to see you’ve done anything.

The tool allows people to:

  • “See less of a former partner’s name and profile picture around Facebook without having to unfriend or block them. Their posts won’t show up in News Feed and their name won’t be suggested when people write a new message or tag friends in photos.”
  • “Limit the photos, videos or status updates that a former partner will see.”
  • “Edit who can see their past posts with a former partner and untag themselves from posts with that person.”
Change past posts on Facebook
Change past post visibility on Facebook

Facebook has developed massively from what it was when it first launched on college campuses, which was essentially a database of relationship statuses. Now, relationships on the social network are a big deal. Recently a judge in New York even said that using Facebook to send a divorce summons was completely legal.

While the tool is currently only available in the US, Facebook have said they will be rolling it out globally soon.

Regardless, the new tool will be rolled out globally soon, Facebook said.

Facebook product manager Kelly Winters said, “This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives.

“We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control.”