Mark Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts have suddenly vanished


30 Mar 2019

Facebook "mistakenly" deletes old posts of CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook, which enjoys a strong global user base of over 2.3 billion, has a pretty tall list of scandalous accusations - meddling with elections, sponsoring partisan politics, and compromising users passwords - you name it.

And now, in another eyebrow-raising case, the social media giant has accidentally deleted some of its CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's old posts.

Here's more on the matter.

The case

The sudden disappearance of Zuckerberg's old posts

The sudden disappearance of Zuckerberg's old posts

On Friday, Business Insider reported that "Old Facebook posts by Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared - obscuring details about core moments in Facebook's history."

The report, giving specifics, noted that "throughout both 2006 and 2009, Zuckerberg was regularly active on the social network - but there are no posts visible of any kind for the two full years in between."

The explanation

Mark's posts were mistakenly deleted due to technical errors: Facebook

"A few years ago some of Mark's posts were mistakenly deleted due to technical errors. The work required to restore them would have been extensive and not guaranteed to be successful so we didn't do it," a Facebook spokesperson said.

Notably, the total number of deleted posts could be significantly higher.

However, Facebook didn't have a specific number.

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The curiosity

Why the vanishing posts are an eyebrow-raising case?

Why the vanishing posts are an eyebrow-raising case?

Considering Facebook has been under scrutiny following damning scandals, these deleted posts "make it much harder to parse the social network's historical record", reports Business Insider.

The social network has also replaced its public archive of announcements and blog posts with a repository called Newsroom and broken public links to the posts.

Clearly, vanishing posts of the CEO is not mundane stuff.

Past issues

Previously, Zuckerberg's comments went missing

In April 2018, messages sent by Zuckerberg to other people were being automatically deleted from inbox without their consent or knowledge.

It was learned that Facebook removed the CEO's messages for security reasons by applying a Snapchat-like self-delete function - a feature that wasn't available to regular Facebook users at the time.

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