Now you can delete old Facebook posts without deleting Facebook

You might have Facebook posts involving times or people you’d rather forget.

Facebook is finally giving you a tool to get rid of them in bulk — and prevent stalkers, employers and the government from snooping on your past, too.

On Tuesday, the social network rolled out new settings called Manage Activity to delete or archive posts from a range of dates or involving particular people. Exes, your high school years, questionable photos, civil disobedience and painful memories no longer have to stay on your permanent Facebook record. You’ve always been able to delete posts one by one, but now you can also archive and get rid of bunches based on helpful criteria.

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Introducing Manage Activity
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. That’s why we’re launching Manage Activity to help you archive or trash old posts, all in one place.

The archive feature is for content you no longer want others to see on Facebook, but that you still want to keep for yourself. For example, you could archive a post you made when you were in high school that you still find amusing but that you’d rather not be seen by anyone else on Facebook.

Privacy Matters: Data for Good
In 2017, we launched Data for Good with the goal of empowering partners with data to help make progress on major social issues. While this work has life-saving potential, it’s critical that we protect people’s privacy while sharing data. That’s why we put mechanisms in place to protect your information when we share it and give you control over your data.

Initially, we only shared certain Data for Good mobility datasets with trusted partners like academics, researchers and humanitarian professionals, and we built tools to help advance their work. We’ve since created a differential privacy framework that further protects the privacy of individuals in aggregated datasets by ensuring no one can identify specific people in these datasets. This new framework allows us to make new datasets available publicly to help inform the public sector response to humanitarian crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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