Facebook apologizes after ‘Year in Review’ stirs up bad memories for some users

Facebook apologizes after ‘Year in Review’ stirs up bad memories for some users

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While scrolling through your Facebook News Feed this holiday season, you probably encountered the typical statuses from friends: photographs of families opening gifts and inevitably, a few “Year in Review” posts, a photo slide of highlights from your Facebook Timeline over the past year.

Unfortunately, Facebook’s algorithm for choosing the images wasn’t very thoughtful, dishing out good memories along with the bad.

According to The Post, Facebook’s product manager for Year in Review, Jonathan Gheller, reached out to Meyer and personally apologized.

“The app was awesome for a lot of people, but clearly in this case we brought him grief rather than joy,” Gheller reportedly said. “We can do better — I’m very grateful he took the time in his grief to write the blog post.”

In addition to sad memories, users also criticized Year in Review for its overwhelming presence on Facebook. Many are annoyed at how pushy the feature is, constantly reminding users of its existence.

CORRECTION, Dec. 27, 2014: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of web consultant and writer Eric Meyer as “Eric Weber.” It has now been changed to reflect the correct spelling.

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