Facebook is testing a new feature which will make your life slightly easier if you tend to get a large number of friend requests.
With this feature, friend requests that haven’t been responded to within the last 14 days will disappear automatically.
Expiring Friend Requests
According to a screenshot posted by Tech Crunch, the friend requests come with a time limit for accepting them in some people’s profiles.
Also, in the app’s help section which opens after you choose to Learn More, a passage reads:
Note: Friend requests expire after 14 days. If a request expires before you accept it, you can send that person a friend request instead.
We already know that other than its famous 5,000 friends per account policy, Facebook has a limit on the friend requests each person can get. This number is not publicly known, though, is thought to be 5000 minus the number of friends you have. With this timed feature, hopefully, the friend requests that actually matter won’t be lost in the swarm.
The feature will only be available to a handful of users as of now since it is in the testing phase. Rest assured, the expiring friend request feature will roll out worldwide and will be available in Pakistan later on.
This comes amidst a privacy protection nightmare for Facebook, during which it was violated multiple times by marketers throughout the past few years, but also the company is alleged to have collected its users’ call and text history. As a result, it is not likely that this will be the biggest news we’ll hear from Menlo Park.