Facebook Manage Activity Will Let You Delete Bunches of Posts at Once

It's time to clean up your social media act, with Facebook's help

The Facebook user you were 10 years ago may not be who you are now. A new Manage Activity tool will let you find and mass delete posts you no longer want people to see.

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Not every Facebook post is a gem, but you post it and, usually forget it. That is until someone else stumbles on it and wonders, "What was that all about?" Facebook is finally giving you a way to eradicate old posts you've forgotten about, but that may come back to haunt you later.

What is it: Called Manage Activity, it lets you use filters to search for old posts and then bulk delete them.

So they're gone? These old posts end up in a holding pen (trash) for 30 days before disappearing forever.

Where is it? The Facebook post management utility is live on Facebook Lite and Mobile Facebook. It's coming to Facebook desktop soon.

How does it work:

  • In mobile, you'll see the option of Managing Your Posts With Archive.
  • If you select Go to Activity Log, you'll see a chronological list of all your Facebook activity, including posts and likes. Select Manage Activity and then Your Posts.
  • At the top, you'll see a Filter button and from there you can filter by Category, Date, or People.
  • From there, you can select all the posts you want to Archive, which hides but does not delete posts, or Trash.

Seriously, why delete them: Depending on if your posts are public, a potential romantic partner could find them when cyberstalking you or an potential employer could find that successful beer keg stand from your college days. You social media is a reflection of who you are. The idea is to make it reflect who you are today.

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