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Facebook Is Testing A Way For Users To Schedule Deletion Of Posts
The limited experiment on iOS devices enables users to set posts to self-delete after set time.
Let’s say you want to post a special offer on your business’ Facebook Page, but you don’t want the evidence to stick around forever. Currently, you would have to manually delete the post, but that could be changing.
Facebook is running a test on a small number of users’ iOS devices that gives them the option to schedule deletion of posts in advance, giving them set choices from one hour to seven days. As reported first by The Next Web, several users noticed the new option and tweeted screen grabs, like this:
— Jen Flitter (@jenflitter) September 8, 2014
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the test via email:
“We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.”
All the usual caveats about Facebook testing apply — the company tests new features all the time and not all experiments are released to all users — but it would be a very useful addition for brand and business Pages. It’s easy to come up with examples that would benefit from posts that disappear when they are no longer relevant — events, coupons, contests, sales, etc.
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