Expiration date on Facebook Messages

Written by on March 7, 2019

To most of us, privacy ain’t exactly synonymous with Facebook. However, that is a perception Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg wish to change.

With the Cambridge Analytica scandal, still fresh in memory, Mark Zuckerberg is now trying to rectify some of the damages. According to NBC News Facebook is working on a new communication platform that will focus on six principles.

These include end-to-end encryption, so no one, not even Facebook, will be able to see what you are writing or sharing with others.

Automatic deletion

Another thing Facebook aims to introduce is automatic expiration of messages you write and other things you share – if you wish, of course.

According to Zuckerberg, people want to know that what they share does not come back to haunt them, and to reduce the time the users information is stored and available will be helpful in this regard, Zuckerberg says.

In the near future your stories will expire after 24 hours, unless you archive them. This will give the users the opportunity to share more naturally, a philosophy that can be extended to all personal content.

Maybe Facebook and privacy can bee seen more synonymous in the future,¬† when all messages can be set up to automatically delete themselves after a year, or a month by default? Hopefully being given such an option might be seen as a reduction in the risk of your messages coming back to “kick you in the ass” later. You will of course have the opportunity to change the time frame, or turn off auto deletion for the whatever conversation you want, in addition to being given the opportunity to choose whether individual messages should expire after a few seconds or minutes – if you wish to.


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