Facebook to Allow Users to Mass-Delete or Hide Posts

Ruben Fields
June 3, 2020

Facebook says that whether you're graduating or going through a breakup, it wants "to make it easy for you to curate your presence on Facebook to more accurately reflect who you are today". Archiving removes a post from a person's timeline (even through their private view of their own profile), but it can still be seen through the Archive tab of the Activity Log. This new feature allows you to archive content you no longer want others to see on Facebook, but that you still want to keep for yourself.

Manage Activity also allows users to move posts they no longer want to the trash.

Facebook Manage Activity feature will be available first on mobile, and will be available coming to desktop and Facebook Lite in the future. With an easily traceable digital paper trail, you might not want those out in the public square. These posts will remain in the trash folder of your Facebook account for a period of 30 days before being deleted permanently, so that you can undo these changes should you wish to. That way, the photo or message won't vanish altogether, but no one else will be able to see it on your profile.

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Such tools could prove useful to those looking to clean up their social media presence ahead of job interviews by making it impossible to find old posts of parties, nights out or fancy dress that could show them in a negative light.

Facebook is making it easier for users to wipe out embarrassing or otherwise personally painful posts.

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