The Internet never forgets – as anyone who thought it was hilarious to share their wacky hijinks on Facebook at 2am will attest.
That could change, though; Facebook is planning to introduce self-destructing posts that'll vanish after a certain time.
The online social networking service is reportedly testing a new feature that will see Facebook posts vanish after a stipulated period of time. All you’ll need to do is set the “choose expiration” time for the post and it’ll disappear when the length of time you set is up.
“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 spokesperson was quoted saying.
As well as protecting you from the consequences of your actions, the feature could also help to avoid cluttering up your Facebook profile page with less important status updates, or even advertise time-sensitive events.
This isn’t the first time Facebook’s forayed into the self-destructing content space; its recently-launched Slingshot app lets you swap images that expire after you swipe away, Snapchat-style.