Facebook director:website needs to improve on deletion tools

By on March 23, 2011
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Facebook’s euro head admitted that the site needs better deletion tools to help “exceptional” users.


Speaking at Westminster Media Forum debate entitled, ‘Social Media’, Facebook’s European director Richard Allan said that the majority of Facebook’s users are worried over their data being retained that being deleted. However, he admitted that the website needs to provide proper tools for”exceptional” users would like to do otherwise.

Allan used example of young people who needed to delete their “youthful expressions” (that’s a nice way of saying it) from Facebook to avoid receiving embarrassing comments during job interviews or any part of their social life – to illustrate what he meant by exceptional users.

He also chose to clarify that users can delete anything from Facebook and it will immediately be deleted from the website. However, if the information posted by a user is indexed by a search engine, or private information that got posted by someone else publicly, Facebook would not responsible for that.

When quizzed as to why Facebook would allow search engines to index private information, Allan said that users wanted to do so to push things they didn’t like about themselves down the search engine list.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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