Facebook set to release ‘clear history’ tool which will delete all your data

Facebook is preparing to release a tool which lets users delete much of the private information it holds on them.

The ‘clear history’ feature will work a bit like similar functions in web browsers, which people often use to cover their tracks after watching porn or partaking in some other embarrassing activity.

In a post published last May, Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature and said it ‘will be a simple control to clear your browsing history on Facebook — what you’ve clicked on, websites you’ve visited, and so on’.

Now Facebook chief financial officer David Wehner has revealed that the tool will come out later this year.

You’ll soon be able to hide your shameful or embarrassing secrets from advertisers, Mark Zuckerberg and the unforgiving online mob (Image: Getty)

‘Once we roll out this update, you’ll be able to see information about the apps and websites you’ve interacted with, and you’ll be able to clear this information from your account. You’ll even be able to turn off having this information stored with your account,’ Zuck wrote on Facebook last year

‘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.’


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