Facebook wants to tell you only good news happened in 2015

Louis Dor
Friday 18 December 2015 12:20
Science and Tech

Facebook has tweaked its 'Year in Review' page this year, in an attempt to filter out negative memories.

The social network was criticised last year when Year in Review showed a bereaved father an image of his deceased daughter, after which he wrote a blog piece about the pain of seeing her passing, framed as a happy experience.

The same filters now apply to the review page as to features such as ‘On This Day’, which do not present posts or photos of memorialised accounts, ex-partners or photos with people you have blocked.

A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement:

We heard feedback last year that we need to do more to select the photos that are most enjoyable to people and make it easier for them to edit the photos they see and share in their Year in Review.

So we've applied a unique set of filters to Your Year in Review to reduce the chance we'll show you a photo you don't want to see. And for the photos that our algorithms don't catch, we're giving people control over the photos in their Year in Review.

We know that people share a range of content on Facebook, and we want them to be able to create a Year in Review that accurately depicts their year, no matter what kind of memories they want to highlight.

You can access the feature at facebook.com/yearinreview.

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