Facebook blames "a bug" for keeping users' discarded videos on its servers

Facebook blames "a bug" for keeping users' discarded videos on its servers
Have you ever uploaded a video on Facebook, only to delete it a few hours later, thinking it'd be gone for good? Yeah, well, better think again – Facebook's got a copy or two of that video safe and sound on its servers. Even worse, last week it was brought up that videos from the days that Facebook allowed users to record footage directly on the platform are also kept on the servers, even if they've never been published to begin with. The discovery was made after a user downloaded their Facebook archive and found multiple takes of a draft video they had thought had been discarded.

Zuckerberg's company has now issued an official apology regarding the matter, stating that the culprit that prevented videos from being deleted for good was "a bug" in the system. The statement goes on to assure users that the company is in the process of permanently removing previously discarded video recordings.

A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company is currently looking into reports: “We investigated a report that some people were seeing their old draft videos when they accessed their information from our Download Your Information tool. We discovered a bug that prevented draft videos from being deleted. We are deleting them and apologize for the inconvenience.”

The spokesperson added that the discarded content has in no way been publicly shared.

This information comes hot on the heels of recent scandalous revelations that 50 million Facebook users had personal information used without their permission to create psychological profiles for the 2016 US presidential election. In the wake of the fiasco, users have been downloading their Facebook data archives only to discover that the social network had also been collecting information about their contacts, as well as call and text logs on Android.

via TechCrunch

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