Facebook deploys tragedy filter for ‘On This Day’ feature


(WPRI) — We all have that one person we’d rather not be reminded of or a few not-so-lovely memories we wish we could erase for ever. But, ever since Facebook started its “On This Day” feature in March, we can’t seem to escape them.

The feature randomly brings up pictures, status updates etc. from the past and allows users to share them. However, the feature doesn’t discern which memories to highlight. It could be a great one, like a birthday or lunch with a friend. But it could also remind you of a death in the family, or some other downer.on this day2

Apparently Facebook had been getting some negative feedback, with complaints from users about the feature, stating it’s drudging up sad or bad memories they don’t want to see.

The social media platform listened and has tweaked “On This Day” by rolling out a new preferences section for the feature that allows users to filter unwanted memories. Hooray!

So now it’s all in your hands. You can pick and choose dates and more importantly people, to be filtered from the memories Facebook pulls. So you never have to be reminded of that old relationship or that one bad night out you’d rather not be reminded of on some random Wednesday morning years later.

So just this one time, Facebook is allowing you to keep the past—really in the past, where it belongs (pending your filters of course).

Here’s how you do it:

To filter memories about a person:

  1. Go to facebook.com/onthisday
  2. Click Preferences
  3. Click Edit next to People
  4. Enter the names of the people you don’t want to see memories with
  5. Click Save

To filter memories for dates:

  1. Go to facebook.com/onthisday
  2. Click Preferences
  3. Click Edit next to Dates
  4. Click Select Dates
  5. Select a start and end date for the date or dates you don’t want to see memories from, then click Done
  6. Click Save






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