Breaking up is hard to do. But what’s even harder? Seeing your ex on social media.
Finally, Facebook is introducing some new features that will make it easier for you to take a digital detox from your ex — and get on with things.
Using a headline that would make “conscious uncouplers” Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin proud, “Improving the Experience When Relationships End,” Facebook writes:
“Starting today, we are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after a 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.”
Features include: Requesting to see less of a person without having to unfriend or block them — their posts won’t show up in your newsfeed, and it won’t suggest their name when mutual acquaintances write a new message or tag photos.
Additionally, you can limit what your ex sees, too. You can also view past posts and pictures with the two of you in happier days and untag yourself from those posts.
Facebook says it’s starting to test these tools out today in the U.S. on mobile. Based on how it goes, they plan to roll it on out. All tools are optional and will be in the help center.