Facebook Apologizes For “Year In Review”


(WLNS) – Facebook is apologizing for their “Year in Review” app that brought back bad memories for some people.

The “Year in Review” was supposed to highlight Facebook users’ best moments of 2014. For some users the app brought bad back memories from the past year.

After Facebook rolled out Year in Review, users quickly started sharing their version. That’s until people started to get annoyed because negative memories were popping up.

For some people, their Year in Review showed their dead pet or their burning apartment.

One man’s story went viral after his Year in Review highlighted his daughter who died.

“To show me Rebecca’s face and say ‘Here’s what your year looked like!’ is jarring,” said the father, web designer and writer Eric Meyer, in a blog post. “It feels wrong, and coming from an actual person, it would be wrong. Coming from code, it’s just unfortunate.”

Meyer lost his daughter to brain cancer on her sixth birthday.

Eric Meyer says he received an apology e-mail from Jonathan Gheller, the product manager of the Year in Review. Geller apologized for the disturbing outcome of the algorithm that used the popularity of pictures to put together the albums that make up the app.

Facebook’s Year In Review Video: http://yearinreview.fb.com/

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