Last Updated on May 2, 2018 by Ope Quadri
A feature to allow Facebook users clear history and cookies of apps they’ve interacted with on the World’s largest social media is coming soon, CEO Mark Zukerberg said Tuesday.
When finally rolled out, users will be able to flush their cookies, as it’s common on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers.
Zukerberge said today at F8 conference, “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.
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“We’re starting with something a lot of people have asked about recently: the information we see from websites and apps that use Facebook’s ads and analytics tools.”
Once the update is rolled out, it’ll allow users “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.”
What are cookies?
“Cookies are very small text files placed on your computer by a web server when you view some sites online (not all web sites place cookies). They’re used to store data about you and your preferences so that a web server doesn’t have to repeatedly request this information, potentially slowing down load time.
“.…Cookies make it easy for web servers to personalize information to fit your specific needs and preferences when you’re visiting a web site.” lifewire.com
To clear cookies on you Mozilla Firefox, for instance, click History on the top of the browser, from the drop down menu select “Clear recent history”and select everything from the time range, and select cookies from the options in box, or select all if you want to clear your preferences and hit clear now.
That’s exactly what Facebook is coming up with, meaning you’ll have to enter your login details any time you want to use any apps, making you to be control of your data.
“But after going through our systems, this is an example of the kind of control we think you should have. It’s something privacy advocates have been asking for — and we will work with them to make sure we get it right.
“One thing I learned from my experience testifying in Congress is that I didn’t have clear enough answers to some of the questions about data. We’re working to make sure these controls are clear, and we will have more to come soon, he said.