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Most of us have been there before. You break up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, and maybe choose to unfriend or even block them on the service, but traces of your relationship are still all over the place on your Timeline, for everyone to see. So, what do you do? Do you block them outright, which will remove all their posts and also hurt their feelings?

There’s got to be a better way to handle this first-world problem, don’t you agree? Facebook though about that, too, and it seems they’ve come up with an interesting solution.

Single again?

“When a relationship ends, we’ve heard from people that they sometimes have questions about the options available to them on Facebook,” writes the firm.

Changing your relationship status back to single will now give you options to also hide all posts from your ex. You can choose to see less of their posts in your News Feed, impose restrictions on what they can see on your profile (so they won’t be able to stalk you like before) and limit the photos, videos or status updates that a former partner will see—all without blocking or unfriending your former significant other.

For starters, you can choose to see your ex anywhere on Facebook—meaning their posts will show up in your News Feed and their name and profile picture in other places.

Or, opt to have their posts removed from your News Feed and you’ll no longer be prompted to tag them in photos and will actually need to visit a former partner’s profile to see what he or she has been up to.

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See less of your ex

“See less of a former partner’s name and profile picture around Facebook without having to unfriend or block them,” explains Facebook. “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.”

In addition, you can also edit who can see your ex’s past posts and untag yourself from posts with that person. Best of all, your ex won’t be notified after you make these changes.

“All of these tools are optional, and people will be able to access them in the help center anytime,” notes the social network.


These new tools are now being tested with a subset of Facebook’s users base in the United States on mobile. Based on your feedback and after making changes, the feature will roll out further.

Source: Facebook

  • Thanh Pham

    When you don’t have an ex to hide from

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      I know that feel, bro

  • rockdude094

    Or you can just stop wasting time on fb and hit the gym

    • I don’t see a difference about ego conflicts between both of them.

  • iByron

    This is different from what we’ve always been able to do how? We’ve always had the ability to turn off updates from specific individuals without blocking or unfriending.

    • Morgan Freeman

      It’s just another way for them to stay in the know with everyone… now they will know who your ex is if you didn’t have that information on Facebook to begin with. Then they just read both user’s posts etc. etc. etc., and can better serve targeted ADVERTISEMENTS… which is what all of it boils down to. More ads. Because if you’re going to live on this here planet, you damn well better be BUYING MORE STUFF… BUY BUY BUY! This planet is a giant retail store, and humanity is doomed.

  • Franklin Richards

    Sweet. Bit late though.

  • Nuller

    Well this sucks. What they really need is a partner exclusion list. Anyone on it can’t see any of your posts with any of the others tagged in them. So the current girlfriend will not be allowed to see any posts from your timeline with any of your ex girlfriends in and the ex girlfriends cant see any post on your timeline where the other exes and the current one are. A flag against any of those names to opt in for them to see any other person in that list would complete the circuit perfectly thereby allowing some exes to see each other but some not. Add youself to that list and now you too can’t see your own posts with your exes in, be sure to flag your current girlfriend as visible to you and you visible to her, voila! . I had a pyscho gf, forget whether i want to see them, the real damage is by others, i can handle seeing my exes, can the future gf?

  • Nuller

    i’d even take a who can see this post, Friends; Except; GirlfriendsList; ButAllow; CurrentGFList

    • Tony Youth

      Why not just block or unfriend? I understand if you don’t want a family member seeing certain things, but an ex? Just block or unfriend… Or does having that one extra friend for aesthetics purposes really mean something? Like one day they think they’ll be internet famous and having as many fb friends as possible is important?

  • Annie

    How do u inhide an ex?