Breaking up is hard to do, but Facebook is testing ways to make it a little easier, at least in terms of dealing with how it affects users’ experiences on the social network.
Facebook is currently testing tools, starting out with mobile users in the U.S., that give users far greater control over how much of their content can be seen by their exes, and vice versa, following a change in relationship status.
The move is a result of the same type of user feedback that led the social network to introduce more comprehensive controls for its On This Day feature last month, enabling users to block out specific users, dates or date ranges, and preventing related content from showing up in their On This Day feeds.
- 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.
- Edit who can see their past posts with a former partner and untag themselves from posts with that person.
We’re starting to test these tools today in the U.S. on mobile, and we’ll make changes and roll them out further based on people’s feedback. All of these tools are optional, and people will be able to access them in the help center anytime.
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.
Readers: What are your initial thoughts on these new tools being tested by Facebook?