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Facebook breakups just got more convenient

Millennials rejoice–breaking up and moving on is getting easier with Facebook.

We’ve all been there: Your relationship has just ended, you’re fragile, you’re emotional, you’re trying to move on but finding it hard when you go on Facebook and your ex is everywhere–in photos, in statuses, in comments. In hindsight, you may think you were overreacting. But seeing these things mid-breakup can be heart wrenching.

Fret not; Facebook is adding convenient tools to save yourself the extra heartbreak.

“Starting today, we are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after a relationship has ended,” states product manager Kelly Winters in a blog post. “When people change their relationship status to indicate they are no longer in a relationship, they will be prompted to try these tools.”

As of right now, Facebook’s only testing the new features in the United States, and only on mobile. When you change your relationship status back to ‘single’ from ‘being in a relationship,’ the app will ask you if you’d like to see less of someone in your news feed.

You can decide to see less of someone’s name, profile photos, status updates, and other content. On top of this, the new change will also let you stop Facebook from asking you to tag this person in your photos and updates. You can also automatically untag yourself in posts that your ex is also in, or simply limit the visibility and keep updates hidden from yourself.

“This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives,” states Winters. “We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort, and control.”

The new tools essentially work in three components: they limit what you see of your ex on Facebook, they limit what your ex sees of you on Facebook, and they limit what people can see of your past relationship through previous posts where you two are together.

Facebook says that the tools–which are optional to use–will extend beyond United States testing strongly based on user feedback.

About Alyssa Knoop

Alyssa Knoop
Alyssa is a Communications student from Edmonton, Alberta. Her biggest passions are reading, writing, music, and oxford commas.