Social media tool Facebook is helping to mend broken hearts by making ex-partners disappear from news feeds.
Up to now, users who experience the breakdown of a relationship with a loved one have either blocked the other party from seeing any content, or removed them from their network of friends completely.
However, rather than choose the option of unfriending former husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, users can now opt to remove all mention of them. This means that they will be able to limit their own status updates, photos, videos or other shared content that the ex-partner can see, without blocking them.
When tagging connections in a photo, that person will not be suggested by Facebook, and any pictures or posts where the ex-partner is tagged can be altered, so that they are untagged.
Facebook’s product manager, Kelly Winters, said:
“Starting today, we are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after their relationship has ended.
“When people change their relationship status to indicate they are no longer in a relationship, they will be prompted to try these tools.”
She added that the new feature was part of Facebook’s initiative to develop resources for users that may be experiencing a difficult time in their lives – ones that will give them a degree of control, privacy and sense of comfort.
As with most of Facebook’s new features, it’s being trialled in the US first, but will see a worldwide roll out once users’ feedback has been collected and analysed.