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Facebook introduces tools to make relationship breakups less painful

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a newly single person, in possession of a broken heart, must be in want of social media updates about their recent ex.

But it’s not good for us. We all know that sobbing into a giant Sports Direct mug while scrolling through an album of the couples holiday you took in Zante 2007 isn’t conducive to getting over a person.

Enter Mark Zuckerberg, a hand on your shoulder, here to help you out of your blue-tinged nostalgia.

Facebook is trialling tools that hide posts and updates and make it easier to untag posts with an ex, without the need for the savage steps of un-friending or blocking. When a user changes their relationship status to indicate a romance is over, they will now be given the option to try the new tools.

A post on Facebook’s newsroom blog explains that a former partner’s posts will be hidden in News Feed and their name not automatically suggested for tagging in photos or messages.

Facebook already offers tools to limit what other individuals can view (including tailoring viewing permissions for individual posts and photographs) but it seems the new measures aim to be more discreet.

Facebook product manager, Kelly Winters, writes that the trial tools are “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.”

The problem, of course, is that man’s mind is mightier than machines, and our hearts mightier than our minds.

Sure, I could block, or unfriend, or unfollow, or avoid, or use Facebook’s new tools to help me not look at my colleague Alex Hern’s social media profiles – but that won’t stop me, drunk at 4am, manually undoing all of the above and declaring my love for him.


The fact that there are apps which will block us dialling our exes’ numbers, without us having to delete the numbers altogether from our phones, doesn’t stop us deleting the app instead.

What a crushed heart really needs is willpower and a new love interest. And Zuckerberg can’t help you there. 😫💔

Source: (theguardian.com)


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