What you need to know about Facebook's new privacy tool



Facebook has introduced a new "clear history" privacy tool to allow users to see the information about apps and websites they've interacted with or granted access to their data, and to be able to clear the information on their account.

The company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg who unveiled the privacy tool at its annual developer conference, F8 admitted that he “didn’t have clear enough answers” about data control when confronted recently to testify before the U.S. Congress.

The move is perhaps in answer to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and as part of the new measures by Facebook to put more controls of data in the hands of its users.

Zuckerberg's post announcing the tool, reads: “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.”

While the privacy tool will enable users to view information about the apps and websites they’ve used and “be able to turn off having this information stored with their account”.

Facebook at the annual conference also announced other major initiatives, such as its technology to connect user's accounts with websites around the web, as well as revamped designs for user's profile pages. The event emphasize Facebook’s positive influences on society, with sessions called “amplifying youth voices to influence policy” and “using technology to solve social and environmental issues”, among other things.
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