Now You Can Really Delete Facebook Photos
Deleted Facebook Photos Purged from Facebook's Servers
Wow! A new Facebook feature! Check it out: when you delete photos from Facebook, they actually get deleted. Gee, thanks, Facebook.
How to Delete Your Facebook Photos
- Select the album in which your soon-to-be-deleted photo lives; for example, "Pics of Me with a Beer Bong on Spring Break".
- Click "Edit Album".
- Click on the little downward arrow in the upper right of the photo.
- Select "Remove this Photo" and confirm that you want to delete it.
We say "wait" because that's what you have to do. Facebook really drags its heels on deletion: purging the image from the main media servers happens right away, but the image can remain in the CDN for up to a month. Then it's gone.
So, yes, it took Facebook three years to implement a way to delete content from its CDN. Ubiquitous? Yes. A web-dev powerhouse? No.
"The systems we used for photo storage a few years ago did not always delete images from content delivery networks in a reasonable period of time even though they were immediately removed from the site," Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens told Ars in February. "We have been working hard to move our photo storage to newer systems which do ensure photos are fully deleted."
Wolens said it as if it were complicated, but it's not.
Uh, how about just having your CDN re-cache?
It's not rocket science. Computer science, yes, but not rocket science. Still, it took Facebook three years to get its act together on this one.
The issue is how Facebook sees you and your content: you were just waaaay down on the to-do list, is all.