Facebook’s privacy tools and data practices have come under the microscope recently following the data privacy scandal that resulted in the personal information of millions of Facebook users being misused. Ahead of the company’s F8 developers’ conference today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced a new privacy tool called “Clear History” through a post on his personal Facebook page.
The Clear History tool takes inspiration from the simple way that web browsers offer users to clear their cookies and history. The idea behind that feature is to give users complete control on when they want to flush their history and all of the cookies.
Zuckerberg said that a version of this is now being built for Facebook and that it’s going to be a simple control that users can utilize on Facebook to clear their browsing history which includes what they have clicked on, websites they’ve visited, and more.
Once this feature is rolled out, users will be able to see the information about the apps and websites that they have interacted with on Facebook. They will then be able to use this tool to clear that data from their account. The tool will also enable them to disable having this information stored on this account in the first place.
Since deleting cookies in the browser can make the browsing experience worse in some aspects since users have to sign back into websites and reconfigure some things, that’s also going to be true for Facebook. “Your Facebook won’t be as good while it relearns your preferences,” Zuckerberg says.