Facebook testing “disappearing posts” feature like Snapchat
Facebook is testing a “snapchat” like feature where you can schedule a post to expire in due time. Snapchat, is a social networking service where chats disappear, never gets stored.
A handful of users noticed the feature in the Facebook iOS app earlier this week, and we reached out to Facebook to seek clarification. A spokesperson said:
“We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.”
Facebook is no stranger to new features, and the social networking giant regularly introduces fresh facets to the service on a restricted basis, to garner feedback and assess user reaction.
It’s rumored that even though the post will get deleted from your profile but it may remain on Facebook’s server.
While Snapchat says that the photos get deleted forever but reality is that it’s available on their servers for retrieval. It seems the snaps just get pushed on to an obscure corner, away from the apps and operating system. While users were alarmed that their photos, maybe lurid ones were not disappearing forever –Snapchat had responded on its blog “If you’ve ever tried to recover lost data after accidentally deleting a drive or maybe watched an episode of CSI, you might know that with the right forensic tools, it’s sometimes possible to retrieve data after it has been deleted. So… you know… keep that in mind before putting any state secrets in your selfies :)”
So the advice is –be cautious on what you put out there, be responsible social media citizens.