Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Facebook deleted Mark Zuckerberg's messages from people's inboxes

Facebook deleted Mark Zuckerberg's messages from people's inboxes

The news comes as Facebook grapples with the revelation that some 87m users may have had their personal data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting group that worked on the 2016 U.S. election and Britain's European Union referendum vote. Facebook is also cutting back what information is shared with third parties through Facebook events, groups and pages as well as updating login, search and account recovery procedures as they relate to third-party apps.

It is now broadening its investigation by joining the B.C. privacy czar's probe of Victoria-based firm AggregateIQ, which began late previous year, to determine whether the company broke privacy laws.

Further, the 87 million FB users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will receive a detailed message informing them of this. "People who manage Pages with large numbers of followers will need to be verified", said Facebook advertising VP Rob Goldman and Facebook pages VP Alex Himel in a joint blog post.

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Following the admission, Facebook has now said that the featured used to delete Zuckerberg;'s messages will be rolled out to all users in "several months" time, according to a report by TechCrunch.

Facebook has also pointed out that similar tech has been available for Facebook Messenger already with an expiration timer for messages that can be set. "AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates".

Facebook Messenger wouldn't be the first messaging app to allow you to remove your past messages. He said the messages were "basically telling the Muslims, 'Hey, there's about to be an uprising of the Buddhists, so make sure that you are armed and go to this place.' And then the same thing on the other side".

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"Yesterday, we had informed you how Facebook had deleted Mark Zuckerberg's messages from recipients" inboxes. "We are now trying to do that", Sandberg also said. And until this feature is ready, we will no longer be deleting any executives' messages.

A separate Facebook statement said the changes would help improve transparency and accountability of the network around political campaigns. "Mark (Zuckerberg) is really sorry for that, and what we're doing now is taking really firm action".

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