MENLO PARK, CALIF., Nov. 20 (UPI) ─ Facebook is seeking to soothe the heartache of ending a relationship with a new set of “tools” to help the broken-hearted avoid unpleasant interactions with an ex.
The social media site announced the new tools “to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook,” which took effect Friday, and are available when a user changes their relationship status to indicate a courtship has come to a close.
The new tools offer options to users who consider unfriending or blocking a former paramour to be too obvious of a move.
The features give newly-single users the option to:
“See less of a former partner’s name and profile picture around Facebook without having to unfriend or block them. Their posts won’t show up in News Feed and their name won’t be suggested when people write a new message or tag friends in photos.
Limit the photos, videos or status updates that a former partner will see.
Edit who can see their past posts with a former partner and untag themselves from posts with that person.”
The company said officials “hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control.”