Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Facebook Removed Zuckerberg's Messages From Users' Inboxes to 'Protect' Him

Facebook Removed Zuckerberg's Messages From Users' Inboxes to 'Protect' Him

Most recently, word surfaced that Facebook had deleted a number of messages Zuckerberg sent to individuals on the company's Messenger platform.

The self-destructing feature was added to respond back to the Sony Pictures hack in 2014 that used their employees' personal information, and a few unreleased films, Facebook said in a statement.

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 have discussed this feature several times. And until this feature is ready, we will no longer be deleting executives' messages. "Mark is really sorry for that, and what we're doing now is taking really firm action". Users on both ends are alerted that a message has been deleted by including the note "this message was deleted".

Facebook has also pointed out that similar tech has been available for Facebook Messenger already with an expiration timer for messages that can be set. Any advertiser who doesn't pass will be prohibited from running political or issue ads.

Facebook says page administrators and advertisers will be verified by being asked to provide a government-issued ID. "That's why today's announcement by Facebook is so important, and I would encourage all of the platform companies to follow suit".

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said the change will mean "we will hire thousands of more people" to get the new system in place ahead of USA midterm elections in November. Moscow has denied the allegations. Initially its starting in the U.S. and expanding to the rest of the world in the coming months.

As Facebook evolved from a closed Harvard-only network with no ads to a giant corporation with $40 billion in advertising revenue and huge subsidiaries like Instagram and WhatsApp, its privacy policy has also shifted - over and over.


"This will make it much harder for people to administer a Page using a fake account, which is strictly against our policies", the company said.

It plans to expand existing election law covering television and radio outlets to apply to paid internet and digital advertisements on platforms like Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google.

"As we find more Cambridge Analyticas, we're going to find a comprehensive way to put them out and make sure people see them", Sandberg told BuzzFeed in an interview published Thursday, referring to efforts to publicize problems.

According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, anyone who seeks to purchase a political or "issue ad" on the social network will need to verify who they are and where they are located.

In a statement Wednesday that revealed that up to 87 million Facebook users' information may have been improperly collected by political-data firm Cambridge Analytica, Facebook announced more changes to better protect user profiles from being targeted and scraped.

None of Facebook's terms of service appear to give it the right to remove content from users' accounts unless it violates the company's community standards.

Facebook has made its second high-profile move against a data analytics company.

Facebook and other internet companies are scrambling to bring themselves in line with an impending European Union law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will require websites to offer greater transparency on their data practices and give users more control over their own information.

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