What Is Facebook Hiding? Facebook Deleted Zuckerberg's Personal Messages Retroactively

This act of deleting messages without the users consent can possibly go against Facebook's terms of service.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced new policies for political ads Friday in a bid to increase transparency on the platform.

The legislation would also require online platforms to make "all reasonable efforts" to ensure that foreign nationals and entities are not buying political ads to influence the U.S. electorate. Some users have reported that messages stemming from before 2014 are visible, but others have stated that theirs have been removed, making it appear as though they were talking to themselves in chat.

Anyone who's been wondering if their private Facebook data might have been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal will soon get their first clues. "We believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way", Schroepfer said in a blog post.

In its response to the government's notice, Facebook said 335 users in India had installed the personality quiz app "thisismydigitallife" developed by Kogan. Facebook notes this is similar to how the retractions of Zuckerberg's messages worked.

And earlier this week, Zuckerberg said the number of users impacted by the data scandal may be as high as 87 million, well above the previous estimate of 50 million.

He later transferred the data to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

If they don't do that, they will not be allowed to run political ads until Facebook has cleared them. While WhatsApp still doesn't show advertisements, Instagram long has, and the policy consolidation could be a sign of things to come for WhatsApp as well.

A United Kingdom parliament committee investigating the impact of social media on recent elections on Friday announced former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix and former director Brittany Kaiser as future witnesses for a Fake News inquiry.

It remains to be seen how the new unsend feature will work, but the timing of the retracted messages revelation couldn't be worse for Facebook.

The social media giant said the steps are created to deter the kind of election meddling and online information warfare that USA authorities have accused Russian Federation of pursuing, the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said. The company tried to make it easier to navigate its complex and often confusing privacy and security settings, though the makeover didn't change what Facebook collects and shares either.

  • Salvatore Jensen