You know that Facebook status you typed up, thought about, then realized wasn’t something you wanted to share with the world? Facebook has the ability to keep track of it, even though you never shared it. The code in your browser that powers Facebook knows what you typed, meaning the stuff you intentionally chose NOT to share isn’t entirely private. This type of technology isn’t unique to Facebook. Gmail automatically saves emails as you type them and stores them in your Drafts folder. Even if you close your browser, you can usually find the email you were typing. That’s very similar to what Facebook is doing – except Google is saving your messages to help you, while Facebook is doing it with no benefit to you. Facebook calls these unposted thoughts “self-censorship” and feels the interaction is covered by its privacy policy. Facebook isn’t currently collecting your self-censored posts – though it very easily could – so the next time you even think to type something into Facebook, think again.

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit

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"Shelly Palmer Radio Report – January 8, 2014" by @ShellyPalmer