Years later "deleted" Facebook photos are still here
Facebook is still working on deleting photos from its servers in a timely manner nearly three years. The company admitted that its older systems for storing uploaded content "did not always delete images from content delivery networks in a reasonable period of time even though they were immediately removed from the site," but said it's currently finishing up a newer system that makes the process much quicker. In the meantime, photos that users thought they "deleted" from the social network months or even years ago remain accessible via direct link.
The problem: "deleted" photos never go away
It's 2012, and things aren't much different—yet
"The systems we used for photo storage a few years ago did not always delete images from content delivery networks in a reasonable period of time even though they were immediately removed from the site," Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens said.
Photos remaining online are stuck in a legacy system that was never operating properly, but said the company is working on a new system that will delete the photos in a mere month and a half.
Long story short, Facebook claims they are on the verge of fixing up its content systems so that "deleted" photos are really, truly deleted from the CDN within 45 days. But with the process not expected to be finished until a couple months from now—and unfortunately, with a company history of stretching the truth when asked about this topic—we'll have to see it before we believe it.
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