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Facebook Says It Doesn't Collect Your Unpublished Posts
By: Jessica Cherok
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Recently, Digital Pivot wrote a post about whether or not Facebook was collecting and storing data on the status updates users delete before publishing. This week, Facebook — in response to an online petition on Care2 — has responded by saying it does not collect unposted updates.

A Facebook representative told Mashable, “Facebook does not collect or track any content that people have chosen not to post.”

The concern over collecting unpublished posts started after two former Facebook employees published an online paper discussing how “Facebook monitors our unshared thoughts and what it thinks about them.”

The paper’s authors insisted that Facebook wasn’t collecting the actual text of the posts, but simply that the post had occurred, and that it was ultimately deleted. According to the study, “Content of self-censored posts and comments was not sent back to Facebook’s servers.”

Facebook may not be collecting the information now, but the technology to do so does exists. Certainly, once Facebook identifies a use for collecting unpublished content, they will take advantage of their capability to do so.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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