I'm not sure this is deliberate. What purpose does it serve for FB to make deleting content extremely difficult?
I think this is more a consequence of poor decision making and bad communication at multiple levels than an act of sabotage. Keep in mind how this works in real companies: Engineer: "We have a problem. We need to change the system to make it easier for people to delete content?" Marketing: "Everyone hates it when we change things." Accounting: "And we don't have anything budgeted for that fix."Product Q&A: "And we're slammed testing things already."
Engineer: "Right. But people can't do this thing they're supposed to be able to do." Marketing: "Statistically, no one does that." Product Q&A: "And we're slammed testing things. You didn't deliver Facebook Graph Search on time."
Engineer: "Guys, this thing is BROKEN!" Everyone Else: "Yeah. We'll fix it in the next major rollout. That's, what, December?"
Well, although I'd tend to agree with you that this is more likely just poor decision-making and/or bad communication, it is definitely advantageous for Facebook to keep as much content as possible on the site. Facebook is a data machine; that's how it lives and breathes. Any data that goes away is bad for Facebook, and all data that stays is good for it.
I long for the days when it didn't take reading a book to use Facebook. Or is the long-term goal that all books will eventually become Facebooks? Only the timeline will tell and it (apparently) will live on forever.
Nothing on Facebook is ever deleted.
This is ridiculous, and a perfect example of just how confusing Facebook can be, either to a n00b or to an experienced user. I had no idea that my ACTUAL data was stored in the Activity Feed... I thought if I deleted (or hid) something on the Timeline, then that took care of it.
Facebook -has- to be deliberately made to be complicated to use. I hate it.
I am angry because the things that I deleted are not permanent. I am not going to use Facebook anymore instead I am going to start using twitter. Then I will share this news with everybody and it will spread eventually Facebook will become a wasteland!
I don't think this is one purpose...just another design flaw that Facebook staff really don't care or has time to fix at the moment.
I would say that the people who actually believe this is a "mistake" are simply being ignorant of the fact that we have ever more increasing surveillance on the american public by other companies, groups, and the government. PRISM itself is terrible, add all the other bills that have past, yeah, your rights and privacy are long gone. No, this isn't a flaw or a mistake, its on purpose so they can track you. If you post that your going to blow up the white house and then delete the post, don't you think the white house would want to know your posted that? Yes, this is completely designed to work like this, not the other way around.
Love it or hate it; people will still use Facebook. I'm not sure it deliberate or not; But I'm glad I came across this article I for one did not know that all of my once deleted post are probably still floating around in the background.
If you have a delete button it should delete the intended item. I shouldn't have to find or dig for another delete button optoin to dispose of the same thing.
I've been hearing alot of talk about companies and the government watching,spying , or keeping track of us? I'm sure it's true to an extent; but who really knows how much of this is true? Possible: yes/ Probable: definitely
how can a retrieve a deleted post on a page I follow?
I have a huge problem. Yesterday I deleted one "event from my life" on facebook by accident. I really need to get i it back. Please, help me.
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