Digital Manners: Should You Drop Former In-Laws From Facebook After a Divorce?

Navigating the intersection of etiquette and technology.
Feb. 28 2012 4:11 PM

De-Friending Family

Should I nix a former in-law from my Facebook page after a divorce?

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This week, Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe debate the question: Is it necessary to “de-friend” someone who is leaving your family due to divorce? A letter writer worries that she has to drop her former sister-in-law from her friends list because she’s severing marital ties.

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Podcast produced by Melonyce McAfee.

Farhad Manjoo is a technology columnist for the New York Times and the author of True Enough.

Emily Yoffe is a regular Slate contributor. She writes the Dear Prudence column. 

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