Don’t unfriend yet: Facebook to make breaking up easier with new features

Options meant to help those ‘going through difficult moments in their lives’

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 November, 2015, 9:46am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 November, 2015, 9:46am

Just been through a painful break up and sick of seeing your ex-partner all over your social media? Well Facebook feels your pain and they’re looking into a solution.

The world’s largest social media site will soon begin trialling new tools for users who have ended a relationship, the company announced on Thursday, making it easier to avoid your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend online.

You will be able to remove your former partner’s name from your previous posts, limit their ability to see your photos, or just purge them from your timeline completely.

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Best of all, the new features will work without you having to unfriend or block the person in question.

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

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

At present, Facebook has more than 1.5 billion account holders worldwide, including more than 4.4 million in Hong Kong.

The tool is now being rolled out to mobile users in the United States before being tested further.