Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Facebook Creating 'Clear History' Privacy Setting

Facebook Creating 'Clear History' Privacy Setting

"We will make mistakes, and they will have consequences, and we will need to fix them", he said. In March, Facebook revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political marketing firm used by the Trump campaign, had improperly obtained the personal information of 87 million users.

Despite that inconvenience, Zuckerberg posited that the upcoming introduction of the new privacy control is in line with the demands of privacy advocates and consumers alike.

At the F8 conference, Zuckerberg addressed Facebook's role in preventing future election interference, such as Russia's efforts in the United States' 2016 presidential election.

Testing on the site is expected to begin later this year.

So many people are single, Zuckerberg said, "so clearly there's something to do here!" We can do this without storing the information in a way that's associated with your account, and as always, we don't tell advertisers who you are.


Last week, Facebook chief technical officer Mike Schroepfer participated in United Kingdom hearings about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Although Facebook Spaces hasn't caught on like wildfire, we have seen some interesting uses for it. Conundrums, the VR talk show by Slate, depicts host Lindsey Weber interviewing people like Wyclef Jean and Cipha Sounds in virtual reality. He did not specify when exactly the process will re-open.

Facebook-owned Instagram has taken on many of Snapchat's top features.

A Facebook dating service makes flawless sense; in fact, it's a wonder that it hasn't happened sooner.

The problem, Cubeyou CEO Federico Treu said, is that Facebook is "so big and so important" that it can cut off anyone from its service with no effect.


Zuckerberg announced several other new Facebook initiatives as well, including one called "Clear History", a tool that will allow users to see what apps and websites share information with Facebook and delete this information from their account. That could mean reentering usernames and passwords as Facebook relearns user settings and preferences. And he came alive showing off the cool stuff Facebook is building, including a Facebook dating tool and the Oculus Go virtual-reality headset.

Zuckerberg made the announcement Tuesday morning in a Facebook post that explained how the "Clear History" privacy setting works, and what's in it for the platform's billions of users.

Though the feature is optional for all Facebook users and contains some of the same basic semi-anonymizing protections as most other dating apps (e.g. first name only, no direct link to profile, a private messaging system, etc.), it still somehow manages to be a privacy nightmare.

The company said in a statement: "People already use Facebook to meet new people, and we want to make that experience better".


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