Facebook Fixes Problems With Its 'Delete' Button

After complaints, networking site figures out how to eliminate ex-users' information
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 11:05 AM CST
Facebook Fixes Problems With Its 'Delete' Button
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg listens to a question during a talk at Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Making a profile on Facebook is easy, but before this weekend, deleting one wasn't: Not even Facebook could do it, the New York Times reports. Frustrated users filled out a form intended to delete their profiles but found bits of info still accessible on the site. Facebook says it has solved the problem, and profiles can be completely erased.

One exec says the problem affected only a few users and exposed no personal information. But one ex-Facebooker said his deleted profile showed up as the first link in a Google search of his name, and that his friends list was still intact. “It’s a little disturbing that you can see people I used to talk to,” he said. (Read more Facebook stories.)

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