Up to 2.7M Europeans affected by Facebook data breach, EU says

Saul Franklin
April 9, 2018

Facebook is also cutting back what information is shared with third parties through Facebook events, groups, and pages as well as updating login, search, and account recovery procedures as they relate to third-party apps.

Facebook has been secretly deleting some messages CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent through its Messenger application, an option that hasn't been available to most of the social network's 2.2 billion users.

After Sony Pictures' emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives' communications. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages", the company said.

Zuckerberg may be the CEO of Facebook, but it's unclear how the decision to remove senior executives' messages would be allowed under the company's terms of service. Facebook also acknowledged this week that almost all of its 2.2 billion users may have had their public data scraped by "malicious actors" it did not name. That said, it begs the question if the company is secretly deleting Zuckerberg's private messages, a feature that is now not available to other Facebook users.

Lawmakers had asked Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to explain to a parliamentary committee how the data got into Cambridge Analytica's hands.

This story was earlier corrected to show that the European Union call will take place with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg not with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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"We will now be making a broader delete-message feature available".

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

Note how Facebook is diverting attention to secret messages and using the words "we have discussed..." when this activity was never disclosed when it comes to non-secret messages - those that Zuckerberg has been deleting without recipients' knowledge. However, this feature was announced only after questions were raised on the special treatment meted out to Zuckerberg's messages - which violates Facebook's policy.

This may take some time. Starting Monday, Facebook will provide a link at the top of users' newsfeeds so they can check if their information was shared. Cambridge Analytica said in a statement Wednesday that it had data for only 30 million people.

Facebook said last Friday that it had suspended Canadian political consultancy AggregateIQ from its platform after reports that the firm may have had improper access to the personal data of Facebook users.

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