In the last F8 conference almost a year ago, Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, standing onstage at the stage announced that the company would begin letting users sever the connection between their web browsing history and their Facebook accounts.
After months of delays, Facebook’s Clear History is now rolling out in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain, with other countries to follow “in coming months,” the company said.
The new tool, which Facebook conceived in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, is designed to give users more control over their data privacy at the expense of advertisers’ targeting capabilities.
When it arrives in Nigeria, the Clear History tool will be part of a new section of the service called “Off-Facebook activity.” When you open it, you’ll see the apps and websites that are tracking your activity and sending reports back to Facebook for ad targeting purposes.
Tapping the “Clear History” button will dissociate that information from your Facebook account.
You can also choose to block companies from reporting their tracking data about you back to Facebook in the future.
You’ll have the choice of disconnecting all off-Facebook browsing data, or data for specific apps and websites.
Facebook says the product is rolling out slowly “to help ensure it’s working reliably for everyone.”