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Facebook Claims “Bug” Responsible for Deleted Videos Remaining on Platform

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Facebook has claimed that a “bug” is responsible for the platform failing to remove videos that users attempted to delete from their profile.

Gizmodo reports that Facebook has claimed that a “bug” is responsible for video drafts not being deleted from their platform. It was discovered that when users would use the Facebook app to record videos and discard them, the videos were still being saved by Facebook. The company has claimed that this was the result of a “bug” in their system but have promised that all deleted videos will actually be deleted – for real this time.

The “bug” was discovered when users began requesting their personal data from Facebook to see what sort of info the social media platform had collected, as users have become increasingly aware of how Facebook collects their data following the company’s most recent user data scandal. Multiple users discovered upon downloading their data from Facebook that the site had been storing videos that the users had attempted to delete or never even published. Facebook gave a statement on the “bug” saying;

We investigated a report that some people were seeing their old draft videos when they accessed their information from our Download Your Information tool. We discovered a bug that prevented draft videos from being deleted. We are deleting them and apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate New York Magazine for bringing the issue to our attention.

Users have begun worrying about how Facebook uses their data following the company’s most recent user data scandal. Facebook has also admitted collecting data from Android users including phone calls and text messages. The company has been doing this with user permission but many users have become increasingly worried about the reach of the social media giant.

A poll from Reuters shows that the public is rapidly losing faith in Facebook. According to the Reuters poll, only 41 percent of consumers trust Facebook to obey U.S. privacy laws. In comparison, 47 percent of consumers say they would trust Yahoo! to obey the same laws despite the site suffering their own massive data breaches in 2016, while 60 percent trust Microsoft, 62 percent trust Google, and Amazon ranked as the most trusted with 66 percent.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan_ or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com

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