We are going to explain how to use the option with which you can prevent Facebook from collecting information about what you do on other websites and applications, information that has been collecting for years with the excuse of using it to personalize your advertising by learning your personal tastes and showing you content that you may consider more interesting for you.
After numerous scandals, Facebook announced in 2018 that it would implement these options to be able to delete the history of the applications you use and the data it collects about them. However, this option has been slow to reach international level, and is even now buried in its configuration options.
How to manage your activity outside of Facebook
The first thing you have to do is enter the Facebook menu section clicking on the icon of the three stripes (1) which appears on the top right on Android, and on the bottom right on iOS. Once inside, click on the Settings and privacy section, and when its menu is displayed click on the Settings option (two).
You will enter the Facebook settings, both the social network and the application. Here, scroll down to the Your Facebook information section. In her, click on the option Activity outside of Facebook, which is where you can manage the data that Facebook collects about you outside of the Facebook website.
The way to access Facebook is practically the same. First enter the settings with the drop-down menu that you can display with the down arrow button on the top right. Once inside, in the left column enter the Your Facebook information section, and there click on * Activity outside Facebook.
Once you are in the section of Your activity outside of Facebook, it will be explained to you that you can see and manage the data that Facebook has been collecting from companies and websites with which you have interacted. Here you will be able to do three different steps to manage this data:
- Manage your activity outside of Facebook: Allows you to see from which pages and applications Facebook has been collecting your information, and you can download it or stop it from collecting it.
- Unlink history: Unlink the data that has already been collected from your account, as a kind of erasure of the history, although it will start collecting it again later.
- More options: This is where Facebook has hidden the option of not continuing to collect information from ANY more application pages, neither those that you have already been using nor those that you may use in the future.
If you click on Manage your activity outside of Facebook, you will access the list of all the pages, companies and applications from which Facebook has been collecting your activity. You also have a link for the Unlink History option that was on the main screen. Under each app or company, you can see the last date they received information about your activity.
When you click on one of the applications, websites or companies on the list, you will access a screen where you can check the type of information that Facebook has collected about you, and an explanation of what it uses it for. If you want, down all the way you can click on the Deactivate future activity button so that the social network stops obtaining information about you from that company, website or application.
If you click on the Unlink history option, Facebook will make everything it has collected about you is linked to your account. Something like a clean slate, although from now on it will continue to obtain the information from the same sites unless you have deactivated them one by one or completely.
- If you click on More options, a small menu will open at the bottom of the screen. In it, you can access or download your information. However, if you want Facebook to stop collecting information about what you do outside of the social network, click on the option Manage future activity that you have in third place.
After continuing to a screen in which Facebook warns you that if you do this it will stop offering you a more personalized experience, you will finally go to the Manage future activity screen. In her, you have to deactivate the option of Future activity outside Facebook with the switch at the top so that the social network stops spying on what you do on other pages and services.