Feb 13, 2020

Clear Off Facebook Activity

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It's pretty well known that Facebook collects and tracks user data.  What you may not be aware of is just how much Facebook tracks you even when you are not on Facebook.  Facebook is able to collect data from other websites, apps, services, and even the places you visit in real life.  The good news is Facebook has added new settings that allow you to take back some control over your personal data.  This wikiHow teaches you how to manage and clear your off-Facebook activity.
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It's pretty well known that Facebook collects and tracks user data.  What you may not be aware of is just how much Facebook tracks you even when you're not actively on the site.  Facebook is able to collect data from other websites, apps, services, and even the places you visit in real life.  The good news is Facebook has added new settings that allow you to take back some control over your personal data.  This wikiHow teaches you how to manage and clear your off-Facebook activity.
 
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==Steps==
 
==Steps==
 
#Open Facebook.  You can open the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet, or go to '''https://ift.tt/2SGgFdi' in a web browser on your computer.   
 
#Open Facebook.  You can open the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet, or go to '''https://ift.tt/2SGgFdi' in a web browser on your computer.   
#*If you aren't automatically logged in, be sure to log in using the email address/phone number and password associated with your Facebook account.  
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#*If you aren't automatically logged in, log in now using the email address/phone number and password associated with your account.  
#*Clearing your off-Facebook history and turning off Future off-Facebook activity does not delete your history or prevent Facebook from collecting your data from outside sources.  Instead, this information will be separated from your account and will not be used for targeted advertising. You will still see ads relevant to your Facebook activity.   
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#*Clearing your off-Facebook history and turning off future off-Facebook activity does not delete your history or prevent Facebook from collecting your data from outside sources.  Instead, this information will be separated from your account and will not be used for targeted advertising. You will still see ads relevant to your Facebook activity.   
 
#Click or tap .  If you are using a web browser on your computer, click the question mark icon (?) in the upper-right corner.  If you are using the smartphone app, tap the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner on Android, or the lower-right corner on iPhone and iPad.   
 
#Click or tap .  If you are using a web browser on your computer, click the question mark icon (?) in the upper-right corner.  If you are using the smartphone app, tap the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner on Android, or the lower-right corner on iPhone and iPad.   
#Tap (mobile app only).  If you are using the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet, tap '''Settings & Privacy''' to view more options.  It's next to an icon that resembles a gear.   
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#Tap (mobile only).  If you are using the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet, tap '''Settings & Privacy''' to view more options.  It's next to an icon that resembles a gear.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's below "Settings & Privacy" on the smartphone app and below the question-mark menu using a web browser.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's below "Settings & Privacy" on the smartphone app and below the question-mark menu using a web browser.   
#Scroll down and click or tap .  It's below the section labeled "Your Facebook Information" on both the Facebook app and a computer web browser.   
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#Scroll down and click or tap .  It's below the section labeled "Your Facebook Information" on both the Facebook app and a computer web browser.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's the second option below the bold title that says "What You Can Do".  If you are using a web browser on your computer, it's the small box to the right of the description of what off-Facebook activity is.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's the second option below the bold title that says "What You Can Do".  If you are using a web browser on your computer, it's the small box to the right of the description of what off-Facebook activity is.   
#Click or tap .  It's the blue button at the bottom of the alert.  This clears your off-Facebook activity history.
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#Click or tap .  It's the blue button at the bottom of the alert.  This clears your off-Facebook activity history.  
#*Clearing your off-Facebook activity does not actually delete your history or prevent Facebook from collecting data on your.  Instead, it keeps your data separate from your account and prevents your information from being used for targeted ads.<ref>https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/off-facebook-activity-clear-history-data-collection/</ref> 
 
 
#Click or tap .  It's the last option below the header that says "Your off-Facebook activity".  This further expands the menu.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's the last option below the header that says "Your off-Facebook activity".  This further expands the menu.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's the last option that appears when you click or tap '''More Options'''.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's the last option that appears when you click or tap '''More Options'''.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's the blue text at the bottom of the alert.   
 
#Click or tap .  It's the blue text at the bottom of the alert.   
 
#Click or tap the toggle switch next to "Future Off-Facebook Activity."  It's the first option at the top of the page.   
 
#Click or tap the toggle switch next to "Future Off-Facebook Activity."  It's the first option at the top of the page.   
#Click .  It's the blue button at the bottom of the alert.  This stops Facebook from using information gathered from outside sources from being used for targeted ads.   
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#Click to confirm.  It's the blue button at the bottom of the alert.  This stops Facebook from using information gathered from outside sources from being used for targeted ads.   
 
#*Turning off Future Off-Facebook Activity will disable the Facebook login tool and prevent you from using your Facebook account to sign up and log in to other apps, websites, and services.   
 
#*Turning off Future Off-Facebook Activity will disable the Facebook login tool and prevent you from using your Facebook account to sign up and log in to other apps, websites, and services.   
   
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*For added levels of privacy, consider installing an ad blocker extension on your web browser or mobile device to prevent Facebook from tracking your online.   
 
*For added levels of privacy, consider installing an ad blocker extension on your web browser or mobile device to prevent Facebook from tracking your online.   
   
==Warnings==
 
*These settings do not prevent Facebook from collecting your data off-Facebook.  They only change how your data is used. 
 
   
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