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Last updated 15:21 13/11/2012
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IN YOUR FACE: New Facebook couples pages launched without users' consent.

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Facebook and privacy. Two words which are often found in the same sentence but, much like the relationship that is all but over save for the dreaded "relationship status update", are rarely complimenting of each other.

It's not the first time Facebook has sprung "improvements" on its users but now many are saying the networking behemoth has really - this time - gone too far.

The latest update was rolled out oh-so-quietly on November 8, but is only just beginning to stir rumblings amongst its users. 

As word of the changes filters through the ether, all of the "loved up" Facebookers have begun to realise they've unwittingly morphed into that most annoying Facebook user - the "couple-as-a-single-entity".

People who have their profiles linked to their partners on the site, can now see their entire relationship laid out on a ready made profile page just for them.

There's just a couple of catches - so can all your other friends, and you have no say in the matter.

As well as seeing a page dedicated to your entire relationship since its Facebook inception, you can also search the Facebook relationships between your partner and any mutual friends.

Friendship pages are nothing new to Facebook. Since 2010, users have been able to see photos and things they share in common drawn neatly onto a single page.

Couples pages though are a different kettle of fish, say users.

Telegraph Women's Editor Emma Barnett called the move "creepy", telling Facebook "you have infantalised my relationship... Only I should get to do that".

Technology columnist for Michael Macdonald said the change made him "puke in his mouth a little bit", while US blogger Jennifer Wright said a record of her relationship compiled by Facebook executives was a "terrible idea"

The couples profile draws everything in common between the loving pair and display it on a nauseating page which can be found at the equally nauseating address

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It even goes so far as to choose a profile picture featuring both parties, which can fortunately be changed. 

But the profile page itself cannot be deleted save for breaking up with your partner on Facebook.

It is just the first development in a series of changes to the way couples interact on Facebook expected to roll out over the coming weeks.

It is expected couples profiles will soon shift to a timeline format.

- Stuff


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