FACEBOOK’S latest feature has users raging at the social network for reminding them of the most painful and embarrassing moments from their past.
The site launched “Memories” yesterday as a way to relive old posts and friendships in one convenient location on the web and mobile.
But it seems the feature has unlocked a Pandora’s box of death, cringeworthy statuses, broken friendships, and severed ties – the type of stuff you’re still getting over, let alone want to dwell on.
“Who benefits from Facebook memories of events that they’ve spent years suppressing?” tweeted one user.
“All it does is remind me of all the people I don’t talk to anymore and how thin I was,” said another person.
“Thanks Facebook Memories for reminding me of not only when I had a boyfriend, but also loyal friends,” a woman tweeted.
How to block Facebook Memories of people and painful dates you don’t want to see
You can filter out the friends and moments you don’t want to see on Facebook, here’s how…
- Head to Facebook.com/memories on the web.
- Click Preferences on the top right to open the controls pop-up.
- Hit “edit” next to the People section and type in the name of the person you don’t want to see Memories of – you can do this for multiple friends.
- Click save.
- For dates, hit edit next to the Dates section>select dates.
- Now enter a start date and end date in the corresponding fields and click done – again you can do this for multiple periods by simply clicking Select dates again.
Many of the negative tweets share a common theme that sees people bashing the platform’s nostalgia shot for reminding them of the passage of time and the humiliating posts they shared years ago.
“I’m gonna have to turn off these Facebook memories if they keep reminding me how stupid and embarrassing I was as a 12 year old,” tweeted one user.
“If you didn’t already kno how lame you used to be, your Facebook memories will never fail to remind you,” shared another person.
For its part, Facebook admitted that not all the memories lurking within its new feature would be pleasant.
“We know that memories are deeply personal — and they’re not all positive,” said the company in a blog post, adding “we try to listen to feedback and design these features so that they’re thoughtful and offer people the right controls that are easy to access.
“We work hard to ensure that we treat the content as part of each individual’s personal experience, and are thankful for the input people have shared with us over the past three years.”
Nor is this the first time Facebook’s reminders have come under fire for unearthing cruel posts no one wanted to see.
Back in 2014, Facebook was forced to apologise after its “Year in Review” slideshow showed one user a photograph of his recently deceased daughter.
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