Cambridge Analytica says more than 87 million could have had information breached

Currently, users can only delete messages from their own inboxes which will still show up in the recipient's thread. Otherwise, communicating with your current Facebook friends won't change at all. Data is frequently shared and sold between massive data brokers, and requesting that you be deleted from one of them means it's only a matter of time until your information gets shared by another. These included limited the retention period for Marks messages in Messenger. This move has further put the company into yet another trouble with the already ongoing Cambridge Analytica data breach debacle. She also sent a letter late Thursday to the European Union trying to explain the steps taken to protect data.

AggregateIQ has never managed, nor did we ever have access to, any Facebook data or database allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.

"We're starting this in the USA and expanding to the rest of the world in the coming months", Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page.

Zuckerberg also offered Facebook's clearest support yet for pending federal legislation that would require the tech industry to disclose more information about political ads, including who buys them, and retain copies of them for public inspection. The issue ads requirement is new.

Facebook disclosed in September that Russians under fake names had used the social network to try to influence U.S. voters in the months before and after the 2016 election, writing about inflammatory subjects, setting up events and buying ads.

In theory, had Facebook's proposed rules been in place in 2016, the social media company would have sought to verify the identity and location of the person running the Blacktivist page. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify in front of a Congressional committee later this month regarding the data collection.

All ads tied to elections or hot-button issues will also be labeled "Political Ad" and include information on the ad buyer on Facebook and Instagram. Telegram lets users turn on the self-destructing messages option. However, the messages to those Facebook employees remained. But in other areas, the hurriedness of Facebook to respond to the criticism has resulted in features that may potentially have negative consequences for the users. Facebook will mail them a letter with a special code to confirm the address.

Facebook competitors Google and Twitter have not endorsed the legislation.

Facebook made the announcement as Zuckerberg prepares to appear before Congress next week to answer questions about the harvesting of personal data on 87 million users by a British political consultancy working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Over the past three weeks the scandal continued to spiral.

Not that this matters very much to individual humans: data from Facebook has been circulating for so long outside of Facebook, it can't have very much more to give about any particular user, anyway.

  • Carolyn Briggs