When putting forward with evidence, Facebook responded to TechCrunch saying that they have deleted earlier messages sent by several of its senior executives back in 2014. Why should they have to give up their involvement in the community in order to take a stand against a company that has not been regulated properly, that's had improper policies and that has abused the trust of its users? Presently, this is not a "convenience' available to all Facebook users, even for the accidentally sent messages". "And her response was, 'Well, they told us that they deleted it, ' which seems. a pretty weak defense, and unfortunately that's not going to be enough for lawmakers".
"What matters is the questions they're asking.advertisers are people".
There appears to be no "retention period" for normal users' messages. Three sources asked to remain anonymous out of fear of angering Zuckerberg or burning bridges with the company. "So although this has the potential to impact in the short term, I think in the long term, as long as Facebook can build and continue to iterate on a product that fulfills the needs of its users, it won't have a long-term impact on the advertising within the platform", Patterson said. It's rare that these companies own the communication channel itself and therefore host both sides of messages as Facebook does in this case, which potentially warrants a different course of action with more transparency than quietly retracting the messages.
Facebook's power to tamper with users' private message threads could alarm some. Facebook was right to kill the phone number search feature, albeit belatedly, but the problem of bad actors collecting users' phone numbers or other information on the platform remains unsolved. For example, Zuckerberg's profile doesn't show a button to add him as a friend on desktop, and the button is grayed out and disabled on mobile. Following the Sony hack, emails of Sony's president Michael Lynton who sat on Snap Inc's board were exposed, revealing secret acquisitions and strategy.
Facebook on Wednesday issued updates of its data policy, which sheds more light on how much data it collects on users and how that information is shared with other services.
The New Yorker later confirmed the messages with Zuckerberg, who told the publication he "absolutely" regretted them. "I think I've grown and learned a lot" said Zuckerberg.
The company would not disclose any further details about the feature to Quartz.
Some of the information improperly harvested from Facebook Inc. users might be stored in Russian Federation, said the former employee of Cambridge Analytica who blew the whistle on the data-privacy scandal involving the analytics firm's role in the 2016 presidential election.
Next week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress about his company's failure to prevent the data firm Cambridge Analytica from siphoning off information belonging to up to 87 million people, the majority of whom are believed to be Americans. The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also - thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions - data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't meant to share publicly.