Users of Facebook no longer have issues with their teenage posts that may cause problems for them in the future.
Facebook just launched a new tool for deleting thousands of posts at once.
The “manage activity” feature, available now on Facebook’s mobile apps, lets users search for and remove posts from a particular time, mentioning a particular person, or within a range of dates.
The company may have done this not to be blamed by anyone, also, fear that a permanent record of their actions may hurt them down in the later days.
In a statement, Facebook said: “We know that people’s posts from years ago may not represent who they are now – eg old Facebook statuses from university. This technique allows you move posts you want to hide from others but keep for yourself to an archive and take down posts that you don’t want.
“We believe people should have the ability to manage and control their data, and we will continue to develop new ways to honour people’s privacy by providing greater transparency and controls.”
Other social media platforms like Twitter has taken a different pattern to the problem, trialling in Brazil the ability to send ephemeral tweets – dubbed “fleets” – which disappear after 24 hours.
“past years, celebrities such as Kevin Hart, James Gunn and Shawn Mendes have issued apologies for old tweets that resurfaced to cause scandal”
Instagram, a Facebook subsidiary, acted earlier than its parent company, driven in part by stiff competition from Snapchat. Instagram Stories have always been ephemeral by default, automatically deleting after a period of time, and in 2017 the company introduced an “archive” feature to head off a growing trend of users deleting pictures that didn’t gather enough likes” The Guardian
The new development on Facebook’s move is indeed an innovation. According to the Facebook boss a decade ago, privacy was no longer a “social norm”.
“People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people,” he told a San Francisco awards ceremony in 2010. “That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”