Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook in a blog post announced that its Clear History tool is now available in all countries. It will be a part of a new section in your settings called “Off-Facebook activity,” and will allow users to see which third-parties have shared user interactions with the social network (even if they are not using Facebook directly).
Off-Facebook activity is basically the information that businesses and websites share with Facebook based on your interactions with those sites or apps. The Clear History tool can be helpful if you are constantly getting ads for something you were searching online. The new section will also include options to view your information by category, download the information, and select how off-Facebook activity can be managed in the future.
”Off-Facebook Activity marks a new level of transparency and control, We’ve been working on this for a while because we had to rebuild some of our systems to make this possible,” Zuckerberg wrote today.
The Clear History tool was earlier announced at the company’s annual F8 developer conference in 2018. Facebook said that the unexpected delays were due to technical challenges related to how the company stores data on its servers. Moreover, Facebook has started showing users a prompt in the News Feed to review their privacy settings thereby directing them to a Privacy Checkup tool.