Facebook Now Makes It Easier to Break Up Online

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The social networking giant is testing new tools designed for people who have ended their relationship.

Breaking up is hard, but Facebook wants to make it a little easier. 

The social networking giant announced in a blog post Thursday morning that it is testing new tools designed for people who have recently ended a relationship.

Now, when two Facebook users indicate that they are no longer in a relationship, they will be asked if they want to see less of their former partner's name and profile picture without having to unfriend or block them. They also will be given the option to limit which of their own posts — including photos, videos or status updates — the former partner can see. Additional tools include editing who can see past posts that feature the former partner and making it easier to untag themselves from posts with that person.

"When a relationship ends, we've heard from people that they sometimes have questions about the options available to them on Facebook," writes product manager Kelly Winters.

Facebook is testing the new tools for U.S. users on mobile phones.

"This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives," notes Winters. "We hope these tools will help people end relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort and sense of control."