We’ve all had those moments where we’ve started a post in the heat of an impassioned rage, but cold sobriety hits us before we actually hit Post. We’ve saved ourselves from embarrassment, saved friends from our tirades, and perhaps saved the target of our ire from the flames of our fury. However, Facebook is saving those posts where we hit Backspace rather than Post.
Slate recently posted an article about Facebook saving “self-censored” statuses for research purposes. Facebook’s entire advertising scheme is based on what you post, and a “self-censored” status is a lost data for tailoring ads to your tastes.
Much like your email will save a draft of an email you’re working on, your browser will save temporarily what you’ve typed in the status box on Facebook. The metadata that is collected by your browser may not contain the thoughts that you chose to keep private, but Facebook is looking for the instances that you did type and delete rather than posting.
Read more about this from Slate.