Facebook’s long-awaited clear history feature will launch later this year, according to the social media giant’s CFO David Wehner.
The feature will give Facebook users the ability to view information about apps and web sites they’ve interacted with in the past and readily delete this information from their accounts. Wehner said this clear history feature will prevent Facebook from using data collected by third parties to target ads to its users.
“Broadly, [clear history is]going to give us some headwinds in terms of being able to target as effectively as before,” Wehner said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2019 in San Francisco.
“Once we roll out this update, you’ll be able to see information about the apps and websites you’ve interacted with, and you’ll be able to clear this information from your account,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. “You’ll even be able to turn off having this information stored with your account.”
Earlier this year, Facebook reported strong fourth-quarter earnings and revenue, besting Wall Street’s expectations.
Final earnings numbers:
- Earnings: $2.38 per share versus $2.19 forecast by Refinitiv consensus estimates
- Revenue: $16.91 billion versus $16.39 billion forecast by Refinitiv consensus estimates
- Daily active users: 1.52 billion versus 1.52 billion forecast by Refinitiv consensus estimates
- Monthly active users: 2.32 billion versus 2.32 billion forecast by Refinitiv consensus estimates
- Average revenue per user: $7.37 versus $7.11 forecast by FactSet estimates
The news comes as data from research firm eMarketer shows that Amazon’s advertising business in 2019 will eventually encroach on the digital ad space occupied by the duopoly of Facebook and Google. According to the estimates, Amazon will claim 8.8 percent of U.S. digital ad spending in 2019, which represents an increase from 6.8 percent in 2018–by the year 2020, this could reach 10 percent.
Per an article in Marketing Dive, “Amazon continues to grow its ad business, the new eMarketer report shows that the e-commerce site is encroaching on digital duopoly of Facebook and Google, which have dominated the digital ad space. Amazon surpassed Microsoft in 2018 as the No. 3 digital ad platform last year, and the gap is widening, as Microsoft’s share continues to drop.”
The research data shows that Google is expected to lose a percentage point of market share, dropping from 38.2 percent to 37.2. In addition, Facebook is expected to pull 22.1 percent of digital ad spending in 2019, which is barely higher from 21.8 percent in 2018.
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