Facebook is building a new Clear History feature to give users more control over browsing data

 Facebook is introducing a new ‘Clear History‘ feature that co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has likened to the controls offered by Web browsers, but added that the Facebook experience for those who use this new feature “won’t be as good”.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post-Tuesday that he would introduce the social network’s new Clear History feature at its F8 annual developer conference in San Jose, Calif.

“In your web browser, you have a simple way to clear your cookies and history. The idea is a lot of sites need cookies to work, but you should still be able to flush your history whenever you want,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We’re building a version of this for Facebook too. 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.”

Today at our F8 conference I'm going to discuss a new privacy control we're building called "Clear History". In your…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Clear History is still being developed, but Zuckerberg said that when it does roll out, it will start by providing users with information about the applications and websites they’ve interacted with via Facebook and enabling them to clear that information, as well as to prevent it from being stored with their accounts.

“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,” Zuckerberg added.

 

However, he had a word of warning that if you use the feature, your overall Facebook experience might suffer.

“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 into 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,” Zuckerberg explained.

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