Facebook Is Finally Making It Easier to Ignore Your Ex

Emily McBride
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As useful as Facebook is in some ways, most of us can agree that it also kind of sucks—especially when you’re in the throes of a breakup. As if the heartache and disappointment (and occasional creepy admirer coming out of the woodwork the second they find out you’re single) isn’t enough, you also have to deal with the stupid act of changing your relationship status and the pain of blocking your ex-S.O.’s news posts from your feed. Not to mention purging your last 200 pictures, because they’re all selfies of you and Jason running around Times Square being all touristy (wait, maybe that’s just me).

Thankfully, Facebook woke up to the fact that social media can actually make breakups a lot worse and decided to change the way it allows users to handle the switch from “In a Relationship” to “Single.” The social media platform announced that, starting today, it’s testing some optional tools to change the interaction of ex lovers and make virtual splits a lot easier.

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For starters, when you change your relationship status after a split, you’ll now be prompted with the option to stop being haunted by your former partner’s name constantly popping up on your News Feed without your having to be all middle school and block or unfriend him or her (been there, done that—no judgment).

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You’ll also be able to change what activity your former flame sees of you, in case you want to preemptively block your future drunken “Love is a lie!” statuses from view.

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Finally, you’ll be able to edit who can see past posts of you with your ex and untag yourself from posts with that person. Saves you a lot of trips digging.

These tools are rolling out today in the U.S. on mobile, and Facebook will continue to tweak them based on feedback. Here’s some feedback: It shouldn’t have taken this long to develop this.

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