Anyone who has used Facebook for an extended period of time likely has posts or photos way back in their Timeline that they would like to disappear. But up until now, that has entailed a painstaking process of scrolling back and deleting them one by one. Thankfully, Facebook has addressed this issue with its new “Manage Activity” setting — a tool that will allow users to get rid of old posts in bulk.
This new feature will give users the ability to filter their content by date, type of post, tagged individuals, and other categories. From there, users can choose to either permanently delete a batch of posts or archive it and maintain sole access.
According to Facebook, Manage Activity is a response to privacy advocates who have expressed concerns that old, out-of-context posts can be used against people by employers, police and more.
“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 said in a blog post.
It’s frankly a little shocking that it took this long for Facebook to introduce a tool like this, but it’s better late than never. Anything that makes it easier for users to scrub their information is a net-win for privacy.
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