Facebook's privacy features, launched in the wake of its Cambridge Analytica scandal, are taking much longer than expected.
The social media platform said Monday a tool that will let users delete their browsing history on Facebook is still being developed, but that it won't launch until spring 2019, according to Recode.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg first announced the 'clear history' tool at Facebook's F8 developers conference in May and said it would arrive in the coming months.
It's taking longer than we initially had thought,' David Baser, head of Facebook's privacy product team, told Recode.
'We did underestimate how long [this] would take.'
The clear history tool enables users wipe clean any data that tracks websites they've visited, as well as scrub any records of what ad's they've clicked on while logged into Facebook.
The reason behind the delay seems to stem from how Facebook stores the data it collects, as multiple pieces of data from the same user might be stored in different places.
Also, the data is stored by date and time, not which user it belongs to, so the firm had to build an entirely new system that could do that, Recode said.
As a result, Facebook is taking some extra time to build the right product so that users can easily find and delete data that's been collected on them.'
Read more: Facebook admits it won't roll out 'clear history' feature that lets users delete data collected on them from firms like Cambridge Analytica until 2019
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