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Facebook has added a new feature called, “Manage Activity”.
This new feature lets users delete multiple posts at the same time, making it less of a headache to delete content that’s built up from years of using the platform. The feature rolls out on mobile devices first before landing on desktop and Facebook Lite in the future.
“Whether you’re entering the job market after college or moving on from an old relationship, we know things change in people’s lives, and we want to make it easy for you to curate your presence on Facebook to more accurately reflect who you are today,” Facebook wrote in the tool’s announcement.
“Manage Activity” will be available by accessing the activity log on your Facebook profile. From there, you can check off multiple posts for archiving.
Anyone who’d like to batch-delete or archive old content will be able search their entire trove of Facebook posts using filters for dates, people tagged and content type (photo, video, text updates, et cetera). In a preview of the tool, it looked like a vastly more useful way to control aging content without having to manually scroll through years of old posts.
Users who don’t want to completely eliminate content permanently can opt to archive their old posts rather than deleting them outright. Archived posts stick around in the background, remaining viewable to their creator. Deleted posts will remain for 30 days before being wiped and users can either restore them or manually delete them from there.
While many have questioned why Facebook didn’t already have this tool, the platform’s privacy controls have a history of being somewhat fussy and difficult to navigate. Facebook has made a point of hiding settings buried through multiple pages, so finding some of the most basic switches has become difficult.
Users have accused Facebook of intentionally hiding settings so that they would become frustrated and give up, all the while publicly stating that they made positive privacy changes.
This feeling among users has only increased as more users wake up to the concerns of sharing vast amounts of personal data online. Old content poses similar problems and can also be a goldmine for anyone looking to compromise an account, whether for harassment purposes, identity theft or whatever else.
As social networks age, old posts and tagged content builds up, like a kind of digital plaque. For privacy purposes, scraping that stuff off regularly and cleaning things up is a good idea.
And while you can’t really truly pry away from companies like Facebook any information you’ve given them online, getting more control over personal data that’s already out there is probably the next best thing.
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