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Facebook to introduce Clear History feature to protect private data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook F8 conference on Tuesday announced that the social networking site will be getting a new feature called 'Clear History'. He said, "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. 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."


The feature comes in after Facebook got involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal leading to the loss of millions of users' personal data. Mark explained, "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."


However, he also explained that clearing data will hinder the overall experience. Mark stated that after clearing the history, Facebook will have to relearn the users' preferences, but added that such a control should be given to the users anyway.



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