Facebook announces new privacy control called “Clear History”


At F8 developer conference today, Facebook announced that it is working on a new privacy control called “Clear History”. Just like how we clear cookies and history in our web browsers, Facebook is working on a way for us to clear our Facebook browsing history which includes what we have clicked on, websites we have visited, and so on.

Facebook’s upcoming tool will allow us to see information about the apps and websites we have interacted with, and we will be able to clear this information from our account. Facebook also mentioned that we will also be able to turn off having this information stored with our account.

Mark Zuckerberg wrote the following on his Facebook page regarding this new tool:

To be clear, when you clear your cookies in your browser, it can make parts of your experience worse. You may have to sign back in to every website, and you may have to reconfigure things. The same will be true here. Your Facebook won’t be as good while it relearns your preferences. But after going through our systems, this is an example of the kind of control we think you should have. It’s something privacy advocates have been asking for — and we will work with them to make sure we get it right.

Facebook will be providing more details on this new tool soon.

Learn more about this announcement here.

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