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

By Emil ยท 14 replies
Oct 13, 2010
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  1. 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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  2. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 523   +15

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

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    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
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Having a Facebook page is like having your boss/HR department hanging out with you after work and on weekends. No thanks.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    Exactly why my name is Stick Man hahaha.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,595   +3,769

    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.
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +53

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

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 546   +29

    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
  9. jonelsorel

    jonelsorel TS Rookie Posts: 72

    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.
  10. I deleted my facebook page because of all the BS and simple issues that should have not existed in the first place.
  11. 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!
  12. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 546   +29

    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?
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,595   +3,769

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

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    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.
  15. en0nym0us

    en0nym0us TS Member Posts: 65

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

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