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

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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: â€œWe 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.


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11 Comments

1. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Apple: Its not a bug, its a feature. Facebook: Its not a feature, its a bug.

2. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not quite sure how this article relates to apple or what feature you are talking about from them. You guys literally dream about apple at this point...

5. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

People need to have some sense of humor and stop getting pissed at every little things.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It's the liberal mindset...always be ready to be offended and/or triggered...or at least try to find something offensive somewhere.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Exactly!!

3. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It's not a bug it's a "feature"

8. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'Facebook blames "a bug" for keeping users' discarded videos on its servers' Those hypocrites will never tell the truth, that FB(i) was invented with the one and only reason in mind,- to collect and keep forever, the data of the ppl. To control them and the politics . They just need time to move ALL to other secret servers. That's the reason of delay. No ''bug'' there!

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1923; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The bug was they got caught. Now they are going to remove the ability of the users to access it via their archive. Videos will still be there, but you won't know.

7. Subie

Posts: 2381; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Many years ago I was told that anything uploaded onto Facebook never, ever truly gets deleted even if you remove your account. I guess it was true...

9. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Thats true of virtually everything that hits the internet full stop. Once it's out there it's out there forever.

11. Subie

Posts: 2381; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, no doubt pics/videos can easily be uploaded and shared countless times all over the world. But what I was really getting at here was that I was told Facebook "deliberately" keeps everything. Even what people think Facebook has fully deleted.

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