Facebook makes ending relationships less painful

By Shawn Knight
Nov 19, 2015
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  1. Facebook is experimenting with a new set of tools that’ll make it easier for all parties involved to move forward following a breakup. Starting today, when a breakup occurs and people change their relationship status, the social network will prompt them with a few different options.

    As Facebook Product Manager Kelly Winters explains, users can elect to see less of a former partner’s name and profile picture around Facebook without having to unfriend or block them. Conversely, you’ll be able to limit the photos, videos or status updates that a former partner will see.

    What’s more, users will be able to edit who can see their past posts with a former partner and even untag themselves from posts involving that person all at once (or by individual post, if you choose).

    Regardless of what options you select, Facebook won’t alert the other person of the changes (although I’m sure they’d notice if you suddenly disappeared from their feed). That’s probably the best course of action, especially if a former couple share mutual friends. After all, nobody wants to make their friends choose sides, so to speak.

    Facebook says the new relationship tools are rolling out as of today in the US for mobile users. Based on user feedback, they’ll make changes as necessary and expand the rollout from there.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,164

    Weak. If you break up with someone and there's enough emotional noise to make Facebook an issue, you unfriend/unfollow that person. Very simple, very clean.
  3. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    Really? They made a 'Dear John' function? Lame...
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    So is a gunshot to the head of the said partner but unfortunately it's not clean but it's very, very effective (I'm lead to believe).
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    It seems like FB doesn't want it's users to have a relationship with their chosen partners, instead it seems they want the users to have an exclusive relationship with them. How creepy, they should change their name from Facebook to Stalkerbook.
  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,164

    I do not recommend the Pistorias strategy. It's no way to get a leg up on an ex.
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    Well if you get only 8 months for cold blooded murder, it might not be such a bad idea.

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