How long does it take Facebook to actually delete your images?

When you upload a photo on Facebook, you have the option to delete it immediately. But how long does it take Facebook to actually delete an image?

facebook image delete test

To test that, I created a sample image and uploaded it to Facebook. The sample image and uploaded it to Facebook  at 11:35 AM MST, January 2nd, 2014.

I then deleted the image from Facebook 2 minutes later. They asked me to confirm the deletion, which I did, and I received a confirmation that the image was deleted.

But before doing so, I copied the actual URLs to the images – the ones that get sent to your browser for display. You can find them here:

Full size image - http://goo.gl/B6yDZe

Thumbnail - http://goo.gl/fUqOEx

If you can still see the images via the links above, Facebook hasn’t actually deleted them yet… which makes you wonder – what else haven’t they deleted?

Comment below if you can still see the image.

update: (I made one error on the image, I said “PM” in the text instead of “AM”. This has no bearing on the actual test – oops. :) )