Facebook keeps every video you film, even if you never publish it - report

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Facebook users are discovering that the social media site holds on to every video they've recorded - even if they never published it.

Bailey Kircher was one of many people who downloaded their Facebook archive to check what data it holds on them, after news broke of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw the data of 50 million users sold to a political analysis company.

Ms Kircher found there were 13 videos she made while filming a video of herself to post to her friend's wall - and despite having only published one, they had all been kept, according to a NY Mag report. 

Brittany Stephanis encountered a similar situation; she found over 100 videos in her archive, even though she'd only decided to publish a third of them.

She told NY Mag she had never planned to share any of the unpublished videos with anyone.

Facebook said in a statement that it was looking into the matter.

"We've heard that when accessing their information from our Download Your Information tool, some people are seeing their old videos that do not appear on their profile or Activity Log. We are investigating," it said in a statement.

Many people who have downloaded their Facebook data have also found that the company is tracking the history of their incoming and outgoing calls as well as text messages. Others have found Facebook is also holding information from their phone's contacts folder.