The tool also allows you to manage activities on websites shared with Facebook and provides a list of each app and website the site tracks when you are not using it.
Facebook has responded to scrutiny by developing tools like the "clear history" setting released this week.
According to the company, it gives users a summary of businesses and organizations that share information with the site.
The Off-Facebook Activity tool allows users to clear their history, but Facebook doesn't actually clear the data.
The company says the launch of the Off-Facebook Activity tool has taken this long to arrive because Facebook had to rebuild some of its systems to make it possible.
What you do off Facebook is among the many pieces of information that Facebook uses to target ads to people. However, the claims ring hollow when you actually see what this new Facebook clear history tool does - or doesn't. Overall, Facebook pushed to 1.66 billion DAUs, up 9% year-over-year, and its monthly user base hit 2.5 billion after entering the quarter at 2.45 billion.
On Data Privacy Day on January 28, Facebook had announced that it is giving its users more control over their privacy.
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"Everybody should adjust the Off-Facebook settings", says Casey Oppenheim, co-founder of data security firm Disconnect.
The name also separates the data collection processes and data sharing ones. Note that Facebook doesn't actually delete that data.
Still, Facebook and Google dominated digital ad spending with an estimated 61% of the market in 2019, a slight increase from a year earlier, even as Amazon.com Inc. gains sales, researcher EMarketer said in November. "The ads that you will see may be less personalised to you". The second is the Facebook SDK, which is a software toolkit that people can use to build similar capabilities into everything from mobile apps to PC games.
Jane sees an ad on Facebook for a 10% off coupon on her next shoe or clothing purchase from the online store.
The sensible thing to do is to click on those Clear History and Turn Off buttons as fast as you can.
But while the new tool disconnects a person's profile from the data shared by advertisers, it is not completely deleted.
If you click it and then select Manage Future Activity, Facebook will show a banner telling you that all future activity has been turned off. It's just that the two separate piles of data Facebook gets will not be connected, which is all the control over your data that Facebook is ready to relinquish.