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I try to change my relationship status to single on facebook and i recieve this message in a blue box that says, "This will not appear on the newsfeed."

I would like to know why it won't appear, and why this message is coming up!

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Have you checked your privacy settings? Could you give us a run-down of your preferences there? – batpigandme Jun 13 '13 at 17:36
Yeah i checked, everything is public. – anonymous Jun 13 '13 at 17:57
Hmm...it could have to do with the person with whom you were previously in a relationship. – batpigandme Jun 13 '13 at 18:26

According to the Facebook Community Questions thread on this, the only statuses Facebook shows by default in the newsfeed are

  • in a relationship
  • it’s complicated
  • widowed
  • open relationship

However, someone posted a useful workaround wherein you can add the end of your relationship as a "life event" (added emphasis mine).

Go to your "About" section on your timeline and on the right hand side there should be a column that says "history by year". Underneath the events, there will be a little pencil icon thats says "add a life event" and from there you can choose the family and relationships option and there is something called end of relationship. Fill out the details and it will post on people's news feed.

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