Facebook F8 2018: Facebook announces 'Clear History' button for its platform

Facebook is working with some privacy advocates, academics, policymakers, and regulators to receive their input on the subject, which includes how to remove identifying information.

By Sandeep Sarkar

    Facebook's F8 developer conference is being held in San Jose, California this year. Following the F8 developer conference, the social media giant has announced a number of new initiatives have also proposed various changes to the way it operates its various social media platforms, which not only includes Facebook but also Instagram and WhatsApp.

    Facebook announces 'Clear History' button for its platform

    With the latest scandal Cambridge Analytica which affected the social media giant and is still an ongoing issue for the company, many of the changes that are proposed relate to data-privacy as well as the way third-party apps and services on Facebook can access the user-data.

    As per some reports from the web, Zuckerberg had claimed that users will not only have a complete control over the apps or services but also can access their data and further promised that it will take initiatives to make the users aware of the tools available.

    Earlier, Facebook has said that it will analyze all the applications and services which had access to a large number of user accounts prior making the changes in the app policies back in 2014. Facebook further promised that it will suspend any account which was found to be violating its terms and conditions.

    The report further suggests that Facebook further plans to become more upfront regarding its privacy policies, Facebook has also said that it will be rolling out a 'Clear History' button that the company says will work in a similar manner as clearing cookies on a regular web browser. As per Facebook's VP and Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, the 'Clear History' button will enable a user to not only see which websites and apps share information with the social media giant, but also remove all that information in order to prevent Facebook from logging in any of such data.

    "This feature will enable you to see the websites and apps that send us information when you use them, delete this information from your account, and turn off our ability to store it associated with your account going forward"

    Further, Erin also mentioned that the company is working with some privacy advocates, academics, policymakers, and regulators to receive their input on the subject, which includes how to remove identifying information. Facebook, on the other hand, says that it might still need to access some private information for security purposes, however, the company claims that these would be 'rare cases'.

    Facebook is also saying that clearing the history might impact a users experience on the site and could make it less seamless, for the users who are concerned with privacy and want more control over their privacy on the social media platform.

    Facebook announces 'Clear History' button for its platform

    However, the Clear History feature might not roll out any time soon. The Social media giant says that it will require a few months for them to introduce the 'Clear History' button and it is being speculated that it could be introduced towards the end of 2018.

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