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How to clear your search history on Facebook

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For many Facebook users, this is old news, like as in September 2012 news. But in case you missed it, Facebook records everything you search for on their website.

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In an effort to help those who want to take that extra step towards protecting their privacy on Facebook, I’ll help explain how you can erase your search history.

Once you’re logged onto Facebook, click on the inverted triangle at the top right of your screen. From there you want to move your cursor over to the Activity Log (see photo on the left) that will appear on the left hand side of your screen. The last link you should see is the MORE option. Click on MORE, then near the bottom of the entire list from the Activity Log is the Search option. Click on Search and then if you previously weren't aware, will discover all of the searches you’ve performed, whether it’s an old friend, event, business etc. You also have the option to click on the Clear Searches button at the top right to clear your search history and then you'll be asked "are you sure you want to clear all your searches?" then click Clear Searches. If it still seems a little confusing, just click through the photo gallery for each step. In case you weren't aware of this option, I recommend taking care of it promptly. But you don't necessarily have to share this revelation with anyone!

Now whether or not that information is actually removed from Facebook servers is unclear. However, by removing this information, you’ll prevent others from seeing what you’ve been searching for, particularly if you share a computer, which in some occasions, may be a real embarrassment to some Facebook members.

If you’re like me, you use social media daily. And like me, you probably are aware of what personal information is gathered from Facebook and other websites for various reasons, including ways to improve the quality of advertising. If you’re interested in knowing more about what personal information Facebook receives, head over to Facebook’s Data Use Policy. You may not like what you see, but at least you have a better understanding on why it's being collected.

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