Facebook is testing a system that lets you schedule post deletion in advance

A number of people using the Facebook for iOS app have noticed something interesting lately, a features that allows them to set a timer that will delete a Facebook post once it expires. Essentially it’s letting you schedule a post’s deletion in advance, and a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that this feature was being tested as part of a small pilot scheme.

Judging from the screenshots the system will let you schedule up the deletion between one hour to seven days in advance, after which it will disappear from public view. It won’t be totally deleted straight away, however, since it can take up to 90 days to completely disappear from Facebook’s backups and logs.

It’ll be interesting to see how this feature gets implemented in the future, especially since when you want something deleted you usually want it done straight away. Then again there’s always competition deadlines. [The Next Web]

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Tom Pritchard


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