Facebook experiments with disappearing posts

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Facebook is taking a leaf out of Snapchat’s book and testing out self-destructing posts.

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The social network is running a pilot programme where it allows users to schedule an expiration time for posts they publish. The time frame varies from one hour to seven days.

After that, Facebook’s servers take up to 90 days to delete the data from offline backups and logs.

The feature is being trialled with a limited number of users, some of whom spotted it on their iOS apps earlier this week.

When tech site TheNextWeb contacted Facebook, a mouthpiece for the company said: “We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.”

Stuart O’Connor