Tuesday 25 July 2017

Facebook now lets you filter out painful memories

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Rhiannon Williams

Painful anniversaries, ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, and people from school you haven't seen in over a decade - there are all sorts of memories stored on Facebook we'd rather forget.

Now for the first time, the social network will allow you to specify the individuals or dates you don't want it to remind you of through its On This Day feature.

Introduced in March, On This Day acts as a Timehop-style reminder of certain photos, statuses, events and interactions from this day in your past Facebook history. While the feature still isn't available for everyone, those who can access it can now filter out what they don't want to see under Preferences by entering the name of a person or a specific date.

Facebook has made a number of recent adjustments to better suit its users' emotional states. It recently confirmed its new Reactions feature, which offers the option to express love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness and anger via a series of smiley and not-so-smiley faces.

It has also made inroads in how to deal more sensitively with the profiles of and manage interactions with those who have died. Earlier this year it rolled out Legacy Contacts, allowing users to appoint an "online executor" of their profile to decide what happens to it after they die.

The legacy contact will be able to administer the page after the user passes away by writing one last post, updating their cover and profile photo and even approving new friend requests.

Facebook famously conducted a mass psychology experiment on its users last year to determine how they responded to positive and negative messages without their permission or knowledge.

A spokesman for Facebook said at the time: “We do research to improve our services and to make the content people see on Facebook as relevant and engaging as possible."

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