Since Facebook launched its “On This Day” feature in March this year, many users continue to complain that the feature is reminding them of past memories they’d want buried behind them, even though it also shows up good memories alongside the bad ones.
Facebook is responding to these complaints by integrating filters into the “on this day” page so as to allow users to block out certain unwanted memories that they don’t want to be reminded of.
The “on this page” feature works by reminding users of what they did or what happened to them some particular days of years gone by; so if today is October 14, Facebook’s on-this-day feature will come up with posts and events that occurred to you on October 14 last year – reminding you of both good and bad times.
But people don’t want to be reminded of bad or tragic moments, and the social media is integrating a filter feature that will allow users to block out any such unwanted memories. People don’t want to be reminded of fallen colleagues, failed relationships, tragic accidents, deceased spouses or children, and any such bad things, and Facebook is now making this possible so long as users make the choice.
The filters can be applied on on-this-day Facebook page via a desktop computer, and certain dates and particular names can be excluded or filtered out on the feature page.
A spokesperson for Facebook said they are aware people love to use its service for “celebrating good times like a birthday to getting support in tough times like the passing of a friend or relative. As a result, everyone has various kinds of memories that can be surfaced – good, bad and everything in between. We’ve added these filters to give them more control over the memories they see.”
The social networking company started a similar feature in 2014 called “Year in Review” where a slideshow shows you most of your moments in the outgoing year. The feature left some people distressed after they saw loved ones who had passed away being shown in slideshows alongside happy moments on other occasions.
It is hoped people will be able to use the filters to control what they see and what they don’t want to see from times past on Facebook.
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