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Does this make it right, because others are doing it? I’d say it depends heavily on the type of data and the user expectation.

The correct thing would be to flag as deleted for a sensible period of time (to be able to undo for the user) and then get rid of it after X days when it clearly isn’t needed anymore.

I'm mostly curious how many people are posting angrily about Facebook retaining data while taking a break from implementing a system that retains data.

I'm guilty of the "implementing a system..." part. We are just starting, and data hungry.

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