Facebook secretly deleted messages Mark Zuckerberg sent on Messenger

Facebook secretly deleted messages Mark Zuckerberg sent on Messenger

A user can simply press down on the message they wish to eradicate and select "unsend;" the recipient will not be alerted if this happens.

After Sony Pictures' emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives' communications. "We should have done this sooner - and we're sorry that we did not", reads a statement by Facebook's spokesperson, cited by the media. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages", the company said.

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

The most dramatic update was the removal of a feature that let users enter phone numbers or email addresses into Facebook's search tool to find other people.

Messenger, which allows users to chat amongst themselves, became a point of interest this week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company had "detected" that "sensational messages" were being sent via Messenger in Myanmar.

The Faceblock campaign has been planned to coincide with Mark Zuckerberg's appearance before US Congress on Wednesday, where the Facebook chief executive will be testifying about data privacy issues.

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The 101st Airborne specializes in helicopter assaults, meaning constant training and occasional crashes at Fort Campbell. Two soldiers have been killed in the crash, which occurred during routine training and is now under investigation.

Now, in the wake of the backlash, Facebook says it will release "a broader delete message feature" to users in the coming months.

By contrast, messages from Mr Zuckerberg that are older than four years old seem to comprise the bulk of those deleted, according to TechCrunch. Users of the dating app Tinder, for example, experienced problems logging in over recent days because Facebook is now cutting down the amount of information that apps can get from its own users.

A Facebook Messenger spokesperson told TechCrunch that "the only possible option is an expiration timer users can set on messages".

Until the forthcoming feature is ready for prime time, Facebook promises executives will no longer have the privilege of unsending Messenger messages.

Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who worked with the UK-based Cambridge Analytica, said that AggregateIQ once received payment from the pro-Brexit campaign ahead of the 2016 United Kingdom referendum on ending its membership of the European Union.

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.

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