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New Facebook button lets you clear ALL your info handed over by other sites

FACEBOOK has introduced a new button that lets you clear all of the data handed over by other apps and sites.

When you browse the internet, many websites will often hand over info about what you've been doing to Facebook.

Everything we do online generates data – from looking at holidays to buying clothes or video games.

When you use an app or website to do something, it collects this data and can often share it.

Facebook knows a lot about you and is one of the world's biggest advertisers.

So websites and apps will hand over data about you to Facebook, so their ads can better target potential customers.

For instance, if Facebook knows which users are interested in shoes, it can serve them shoe advertisements.

So it's in a shoe-makers interest to give Facebook data about who has been looking at shoes.

Until now, this process has largely been hidden away.

But Facebook has now added a new tool called 'Off-Facebook Activity'.

"One of our main goals for the next decade is to build much stronger privacy protections for everyone on Facebook," billionaire chief Mark Zuckerberg said.

"We know we have a lot of work to do here, which is why this is such a priority for our teams and for me personally."

If you're very concerned about the data that Facebook holds on you, it's worth clearing your history.

It's also a good idea to deny access to websites or apps sharing your data with Facebook, particularly if they're very old or unimportant to you.

However, it's also worth remembering that advertising is what keeps social media sites free.

And although targeting advertising involves using your data, it also means you'll see ads that are more relevant to you.

So you need to make a personal decision about whether seeing better ads or control over your data is more important to you.


How to use Off-Facebook Activity tool

Here's a simple guide…

  • The new feature is available right now, but don't panic if you can't see it immediately
  • New tools often take a little while to roll out, so be sure to refresh your app and check for any updates
  • When your app has the tool, go to your settings section in Facebook
  • Then choose Off-Facebook Activity, where you'll be able to review a list of apps and websites that have shared your activity
  • From here, you'll have the option to clear your history, as well as manage which apps and websites can access your Off-Facebook Activity

"There are a number of ways you can control your information on Facebook and we're always looking at more ways for you to do this," said Steve Hatch, a VP at Facebook's Europe division.

"That's why from today, our Off-Facebook Activity tool will make it easy to manage which apps and websites can access your information.

"We're also marking Global Data Privacy Day by reminding millions of UK users to check their privacy settings with our simple Privacy Checkup so you're in control of what you share, and who with."

Facebook says it will be sending out a reminder to nearly 2billion people on Facebook to check their privacy settings.

In other news, check out the biggest tech flops of the decade.

Star Wars’ Mark Hamill has deleted Facebook and blames founder Mark Zuckerberg for chasing ‘profit over truth’.

And Facebook has reportedly binned plans to flood WhatsApp with ads.

What do you make of this new feature? Let us know in the comments!

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