Facebook 'On This Day' Gives Users More Control Over the Memories They See

The feature had drawn criticism for bringing up users' past sad moments.

October 13, 2015, 2:00 PM
PHOTO: Facebook is introducing ways to filter what you see from its "on this day" feature.
Facebook is introducing ways to filter what you see from its "on this day" feature.

— -- Facebook's "On This Day" feature has brought up a lot of happy memories, but it's also dredged up moments some users would rather not re-live. The social network has listened to the feedback and is today rolling out new filters, allowing users to block content from certain dates or friends.

"We know that people share a range of meaningful moments on Facebook -- from celebrating good times like a birthday to getting support in tough times like the passing of a friend or relative," a Facebook representative told ABC News. "As a result, everyone has various kinds of memories that can be surfaced -- good, bad and everything in between. So for the millions of people who use On This Day, we've added these filters to give them more control over the memories they see."

While the feature was celebrated by some, others were confronted with past tragedies.

The two new filters can be accessed by going to the "On This Day" page via desktop, where users can then select dates or certain people with whom they'd rather not rehash the past. The changes will hopefully make "On This Day" a fun walk down memory lane for more people.

It's also worth noting: there's no need to worry about friends catching any potentially embarrassing status updates, photos or posts from your past unless the user owning the account chooses to share it.

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