Facebook is still trying to find ways to allay its users’ fears over embarrassing items that they may have uploaded by testing a new feature that will let people set a time limit for their posts after which they will self-destruct, The Next Web has discovered.
The new service may be Facebook’s way of responding to recent paranoid complaints by some over its recent decision to only allow messaging on mobile devices through its separate Messenger app. Some people think that the app is somehow spying on them.
Also, Facebook just began beta testing a new feature that will make it easier to find any user’s old posts called “Graph Search.”
Well not everyone was happy with that idea since some people would like to forget many of their old posts. Apparently not everyone out there has figured out that one can delete anything that he or she has previously posted on Facebook.
Facebook’s new tool will let user’s schedule a deletion date for posts, similar to the service offered by Snapchat. As the company told The Next Web, “We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.”
The test currently gives users a choice of seven different deletion times of 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 2 days or 7 days.
While content might be dropped from a user’s page after deletion, it may take up to 90 days for it to be wiped from Facebook’s servers, however.
Now let’s see if the same self-destruct service can be applied to the stupid and offensive comments made by certain impulsive celebrities on Twitter. Also, perhaps Facebook can come up with a way to delete the awful things that some unthinking politicians have been known to say on the cable news channels and the floor of the congress which have even been bad enough to destroy careers.
Has anyone forgotten the American senator who once described the Internet as “a series of tubes?”