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Facebook's self-destruct status update beta test will self-destruct

SnapChat-like posts in limited pilot mode

Facebook has confirmed it is running a limited trial of a new feature that allows people to craft self-deleting posts.

Some users spotted the social network including a new option on posts allowing them to be automatically removed after one hour to seven days. The feature allows a post to be visible for a set period of time and then automatically stricken from the user's timeline.

A spokesperson for the Mark Zuckerberg-run biz confirmed to The Register that it was indeed running limited tests of the proposed feature with a few mobile users.

"We're running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance," a Facebook statement read.

The self-destruct options ... Source: TNW

It's not too tough to see the benefits of a self-destruct feature for Facebook posts. Users could use the feature to make... sensitive... material disappear after a set amount of time and not have to worry about the content being stumbled upon by unintended parties.

Provided the persons on the other end don't think to take a screenshot.

Such an issue was found to be the Achilles Heel of Snapchat, the mobile app for self-deleting photos.

Facebook was said in talks to acquire Snapchat last year, with Zuck offering as much as $3bn. But the deal broke down. Since then, Facebook has moved on to offer its own Snapschat-like tools. ®


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