Facebook Keeps Tabs on Your Deleted Posts
Company tracks instances of 'self-censorship'
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Dec 16, 2013 8:41 AM CST
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(Newser) – Many of us have been there: You have a huge fight with your friend, and you need a place to vent. You log on to Facebook and begin to type out all the emotions you're feeling, and right as you're about to click the post button, logical thought kicks in and you delete the message. No harm done, right? You were able to vent, your friend isn't hurt, and no one knows you typed the message in the first place. Unfortunately, that's not the case. According to a report by Slate, Facebook keeps a tally of every deleted post. The social network calls these deleted posts "self-censorship," and it's interested in how, why, and what we choose to censor. What's the point of tracking this information? Every post that fails to make it on the website is another wasted opportunity for Facebook to make money.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 26, 2013 12:07 PM CST
I'm ready for the next replacement and I have some ideas on replacing it and it sort of involves ancestry.com. Using their engine, a family creates a web page and posts messages, photos, etc. The interface is much better than the current family message page. It would be free to access and use as Ancestry.com would have banner ads to fund it. I would prefer that over Facebook because, honestly, for me Facebook is just to keep tabs on the fam.
iq145
Dec 17, 2013 9:53 PM CST
There are more people on Farcebook than there are people in the United States. i guess Snowjob will have to go after the FSA next (Facebook Security Agency)
wartengu
Dec 17, 2013 10:00 AM CST
What they should do is create a secure application that goes on your desktop where you can stay in touch with friends and family. It doesn't need to be a commercial social networking website. You can have it on your computer where only you and your friends can see. Since when do I care about my friends, friends, friends and their friends? Something like this would put social networks out of business.