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With social media, it can be hard work for recently separated couples to move on from each other. Just as broken hearts are almost done mending themselves, a barrage of photos, likes, shares, and posts from an ex can undo weeks/months worth of healing.

Facebook knows how hard it is, and has just released new ways for users to hide old baes from the newsfeed. The new set of features—currently only available in the US, and only through the mobile site—include being able to limit the visibility of an ex’s posts and profile photos, and stopping your ex’s name from being suggested when you tag people in photos or updates.

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

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

While it’s not quite as drastic as going all Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on your ex-partner and literally removing all memories of them from your brain, it’s based on the same old relationship break-up adage: that moving on is almost always easier when the person you are moving on from is out of sight, out of mind.

  • Words: Juliet Mentor

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