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Facebook secretly deleted Mark Zuckerberg messages from recipients' inboxes

June 19 2018, 02:25 | Guillermo Bowen

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Hours ago, Facebook admitted that Mark Zuckerberg had given himself special powers to delete old Facebook messages from recipients' inboxes-a feature that's not available to ordinary Facebook users.

Facebook-owned Instagram has long had the option to "unsend" direct messages, while Facebook-owned WhatsApp recently launched a deletion function where unread messages can be deleted "for everyone". These included limited the retention period for Marks messages in Messenger.

The company also said that it won't unsend or retract any more of Zuckerberg's messages, until the feature is made available to the larger audience.

Techcrunch first reported the message deletion scandal, where several sources claimed that they had messages from Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives mysteriously disappear from their inbox.

Facebook now offers a Secret Conversation mode for its Messenger app, which gives users the ability to set set a timer for messages to self-destruct and disappear from a conversation; however, those engaging within the exchange will be notified when their thread will expire.

Last night, there were reports that Facebook Messages from Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives sent to users were mysteriously gone.

Ultimately, Facebook cannot shy away from the criticism over the way the company manages their data, even as the company looks to shy away from controversy.

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In addition, 87 million users whose data might have been shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a more detailed message informing them of that fact.

For example, the Facebook data might reveal that a patient did not have many friends or did not receive many messages, so might need a nurse to visit them at home.

The move comes amid concerns that Russian-sponsored entities delivered Facebook ads designed to create discord and confusion ahead of the 2016 presidential election, and that companies such as political consultancy Cambridge Analytica created messages based on psychographic profiles gleaned from the platform to influence voters.

Zuckerberg is expected to appear before Congress on April 11 to discuss how Facebook manages the personal data and privacy of its 2-billion strong social media platform.

The Italian competition authority Antitrust said on Friday it had opened an investigation into Facebook for "alleged improper commercial practices" by not adequately informing users about data-gathering. We started testing the authorisation process this week, and people will begin seeing the label and additional information in the U.S. later this spring, it said. A Facebook Messenger spokeswoman said in a statement, "For example, on Messenger, when you send a photo, our automated systems scan it using photo matching technology to detect known child exploitation imagery or when you send a link, we scan it for malware or viruses". Especially if the other party is not aware that messages were deleted.

Facebook has said its new terms of service would provide clearer information on how data is collected and shared without giving the social network additional rights.

The political data-mining firm allegedly used ill-gotten Facebook user data in its efforts to sway elections.

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