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Facebook has announced that it will now permanently delete photos that users have deleted on the social networking giant. This is a huge improvement over the previous situation.

Users have been able to press the delete photos for years, but this only deleted photos from Facebook’s interface. The permalink created when the photo was posted to Facebook would still work even after the user requested its deletion. This created privacy concerns, as anyone with the permalink could continue to share the photo.

A new version of Facebook’s content delivery service has mostly solved this problem. Deleting a photo from the social network will immediately delete it from Facebook’s pages and also delete it entirely from the company’s servers. However, it can take up to 30 days for the photo to be removed from the content delivery cache, which means users with the permalink will still be able to access the deleted photo for a limited time.

Most users are reporting that deletion happens much quicker than Facebook’s maximum timeframe. Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens confirmed this, saying “in some cases the content will expire on the CDN much more quickly, based on a number of factors.”

This change closes a loophole that had long concerned users concerned with privacy. Users will finally be able to feel comfortable than embarrassing or unflattering photos can be deleted for good and won’t continue to be held on Facebook’s servers. The social network intends to follow up this change with a new, optional photo protection scheme that should debut in late August.


Source: CNET

  1. Nick Robinson
    January 3, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Really good news! Thanks. It brings peace of mind to the user....

  2. Ganesh Kumar
    August 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Finally Facebook on track google also want to do like that

  3. Leonard Ivan Padilla
    August 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I hope they shred those files so that no one can even recover it from their machines. hmmm... I'm curious if they delete it manually or add a functionality in their website to delete/shred files.

  4. Swaggrous Emeks
    August 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    that's very nice.Imagine having those horrible pics of mine on their server...geez.nice update makeuseof admin

  5. josemon maliakal
    August 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Privacy is being a big issue regarding facebook , So they are trying to sustain themself

  6. Elijah Swartz
    August 18, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Now that Facebook has managed to actually delete image "deleted" images off their servers, perhaps now they can look into getting an interface that nearly everyone can agree with :P.

    • Kamran Mackey
      August 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Umm the interface is good as it is and they're not gonna change the interface.

  7. Achraf52
    August 18, 2012 at 5:00 am

    But I already tested a year ago by deleting a photo and accessing it through link and it say content not available, so where do people come up with this .

  8. jrasulev
    August 18, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Finally this happened)

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