Make break up less depressing with Facebook’s new tool that will let you hide your post from your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend
Did you just have a nasty break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Don’t want to see any posts of your ex but also don’t want to unfriend or block them? So, what do you do to escape on social media?
Well, don’t worry. Facebook is here to make break-ups easier for you. Today, Facebook announced a new feature that will allow you to hide posts from ex automatically (or hide your posts from them) when you change your relationship status back to single. All traces of your past relationship can also be hidden from the public by using this feature. Facebook also says it will offer users the option of “limiting” how often you see an ex when you change your relationship status. This feature is expected to roll out across its mobile apps soon.
Now when a user changes their relationship status back to single, they will automatically see three new options to soften that breakup blow.
The first option is that the user without having to unfriend or block their ex can opt to see less of their name and profile photo. If a user selects to “see less of” their ex option, that person’s posts won’t pop up in your News Feed, and their name will not be suggested when you write a new message or tag friends in photos. That means you can feel free to tag away without being reminded that your ex wasn’t there to share this happy moment with you.
The second option would be to restrict the status updates, photos, or videos that your former partner can see. Basically, this will update your privacy settings to hide posts from your ex.
Finally, the users will be allowed to edit who can see their past posts that include a former partner. You can also untag yourself from posts your ex previously tagged you in so you can forget you two even knew each other.
None of these settings will be announced publicly, and your ex would not be notified about any changes made by you.
“Facebook is a place for sharing life’s important moments, which for many people include their romantic relationships. When a relationship ends, we’ve heard from people that they sometimes have questions about the options available to them on Facebook,” said Facebook product manager Kelly Winters.
“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.”
Facebook says these options are now being tested in the United States on mobile devices. Depending on the positive feedback of the early testers, it will be rolled out to a wider audience.