How To Disable Off-Facebook Activity

By Amit Chowdhry ● April 22, 2020
  • Facebook recently released a new privacy tool that allows you to see your off-Facebook activity and manage it. Here’s how it works

Facebook tracks the websites, apps, and e-commerce stores that you visit even while you are not using the social network in order to generate contextual ads. And Facebook recently released a new privacy tool that allows you to see your off-Facebook activity and manage it.

Facebook built the tool following a backlash from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In that case, a third-party was able to access the personal information of 50 million users.

When you go to the Off-Facebook Activity section of Facebook, you can Clear History by disconnecting off-Facebook activity history from your account. And you can manage your off-Facebook activity, which means you can view activity shared with Facebook by the businesses and organizations you visit off of Facebook. There are also options to view your information by category, download your information, and manage future activity.

How do you access this feature?

On the desktop:

You can access the Off-Facebook Activity tool by clicking on the navigation menu at the top-right of the desktop version of Facebook. Then click on Settings & Privacy > Privacy Shortcuts > View or clear your off-Facebook activity.

Facebook - view of clear your off-Facebook activity

On mobile devices:

Open the Facebook app and tap on the menu at the bottom right. Scroll down to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Scroll down to Off-Facebook Activity under the Your Facebook Information section.

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