Facebook keeps photos after deletion, won't clear chat history

By on October 13, 2010, 5:30 PM
It looks like Facebook is keeping our data longer than previously thought: deleted images aren't really gone, according to Ars Technica, and chat history can no longer be deleted, according to All Facebook. If Facebook was a small service, this would be a minor annoyance, but with some 500 million users, the problem is much more significant.

Facebook is struggling with deleting user photos: if you know the URL of the image, you can still access it. The issue came to light more than a year ago when Facebook was discovered as one of the worst social networks for deleting uploading pictures. The photos are still on Facebook's content delivery network (CDN) servers, despite being deleted one or two years ago, and you can still access them if you save the direct link to the image before deleting. "We're currently working with the CDN on a fix that will delete photo and video content from the CDN's cache shortly after it's removed on Facebook," a Facebook spokesperson told Ars. "The fix is already in place for videos, and we hope to implement it for profile pictures and photos in the coming weeks."

At the same time, users trying to delete their Facebook chats will have to find another IM program, because they can no longer erase their chat history. There's already a thread on Facebook with over 100 posts complaining about the removal of the feature. A "Clear Chat History" link used to be under the thumbnail of your profile picture in the chat box, and has been there since Facebook launched its chat program in April 2008. The feature was apparently removed with a recent chat upgrade, there's no telling whether it will come back, and there's no option to avoid having your chat history displayed.





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KG363 KG363 said:

oh facebook, you abuse my privacy yet i keep coming back

aj_the_kidd said:

People should know by now anything online isn't truly "private", especially since most social networks are integrated. Not to mention that pretty much everthing is backuped somewhere

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Having a Facebook page is like having your boss/HR department hanging out with you after work and on weekends. No thanks.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

Exactly why my name is Stick Man hahaha.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

It looks like Facebook is keeping our data longer than previously thought: deleted images aren't really gone, according to Ars Technica, and chat history can no longer be deleted, according to All Facebook. If Facebook was a small service, this would be a minor annoyance, but with some 500 million users, the problem is much more significant.

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Face it, some of these pictures and whatnot, may become evidence for the prosecution against the cavalcade of sex offenders that inhabit Facebook. They never seem to learn that it's not a 13 year old girl they've seduced, it's an abundantly unimpressed FBI agent. The best way for them, (Facebook), to limit their liability, is by cooperating with law enforcement.

And yes, the "face it" pun was intended.

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Why is it that every time they "upgrade" the chat service it gets worse

DjKraid DjKraid said:

facebook sucks and nothing's private on the web...I don't understand why ppl write everything they do on facebook, what's the point in that..? -and then there are the ppl that read everything like 24/7 about everyone they know...what's the f***ing point in that? <- that's just annoying...

the easiest way to "clear chat history" is to avoid chatting -> Go offline

jonelsorel said:

No better way for people voluntarily release information about their personal lives than a virtual social network. It's no wonder they're pushing to make it the biggest, a Hollywood motion picture about the website being close to be released.

A very interesting documentable fact is that Facebook has the CIA on its list of close affiliates.

Look before you flame.

Guest said:

I deleted my facebook page because of all the BS and simple issues that should have not existed in the first place.

Guest said:

Facebook said it wants to be a true social site...but I think you get to a point where you just have to say "ok, this is going a little too far"......facebook has passed that point on many occasions. If messaging can't be private, what's the point of it.

I used to be a heavy facebook user, but ever since privacy started going out the window, I've limited my use. I now only use it to occasionally check in on old friends and family out of state.

We shouldn't even have the option of whether or not we want to hide chats...it should be common sense...YES, WE WANT THEM TO REMAIN PRIVATE!!! DUH!

DjKraid DjKraid said:

I deleted my facebook page because of all the BS and simple issues that should have not existed in the first place.

And the funny thing is that the account isn't deleted, it's just "deactivated", so they still sit on all of your old stuff. <- that's also a question, why can't a account be deleted, why do they need to store your information?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Facebook simply won't allow you to "unfriend" them, that's why.

gobbybobby said:

Heh u gave them the info, you Handed them pictures of u. Your loss. What have they got to gain with the pics anyway, if they sold them on they would get sued.

en0nym0us en0nym0us said:

Now why would a site designed to be a spy want to delete your information? That would just be stupid.

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