Facebook has apologized to one user for recalling bad memories from the almost gone 2014 due to the Year in Review post.
Years can be full of highs and lows and the Facebook algorithm used to highlight special events from the year only takes into account the most liked posts, no matter how horrific or painful they might be to some people. It does not allow users to customize their highlights so that they could easily remove posts that they don’t want to show or share.
One such happened with Eric Meyer, who lost his daughter to brain cancer this year, it was going to be a bad feeling being reminded of that yet Facebook’s year in Review did certainly that and brought back horrific memories for him and his family.
Meyer said in his own blog: “For those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or losing a job or any one of a hundred crises, we might not want another look at this past year. To show me Rebecca’s face and say “Here’s what your year looked like!” is jarring. It feels wrong, and coming from an actual person, it would be wrong. Coming from code, it’s just unfortunate.”
Facebook even reached out to Meyer after this and apologized for all the pain and agony, the post caused to him and his family.