Facebook secretly deleted Mark Zuckerberg messages from recipients' inboxes

Saturday, 07 Apr, 2018

Messenger, which allows users to chat amongst themselves, became a point of interest this week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company had "detected" that "sensational messages" were being sent via Messenger in Myanmar. Users signing into the dating app with their social media account were presented with the message "Facebook Permissions".

Her comments echoed Mr Zuckerberg's earlier statement that the data breach was "my responsibility - I started this place". "We identified the messages and escalated them to your team via email on Saturday the 9th September, Myanmar time". Facebook had it turned on by default. When confronted about the matter, Facebook said that the deletions were carried out because of "corporate security". "That, to me, was the failure".

Sandberg gave several interviews this week as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress next week, where the issue of elections meddling is nearly certain to come up. After facing the flak for Cambridge Analytica's illegal access to private user data, it is once again in the dock for another misdemeanor.

Facebook is also facing an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission in what's become its worst privacy crisis in its 14-year history. It could have disclosed the retractions of Zuckerberg's messages at any time.

"The FTC looked the other way for years when consumer groups told them Facebook was violating its 2011 deal to better protect its users".

However, the company proposed using a common cryptographic technique called hashing to match individuals who were in both data sets.

It remains to be seen when Facebook will bring WhatsApp's Delete for Everyone feature to Facebook Messenger.

Facebook reportedly planned to run a project, Building 8, in association with top USA hospitals, including Stanford Medical School and American College of Cardiology, to develop a program for customized health treatment of patients. But Zuckerberg said the scrapers circumvented that defense by cycling through multiple IP addresses.

In recent weeks, Facebook has made changes to the platform and its policies regarding access to user data and transparency. That includes full name, profile picture and listings of school or workplace networks.

"Existing information governance is haphazard and often limited by sector", said Anjanette Raymond, an associate professor at Indiana University in the US. But Facebook has been conducting a broader review of its own practices and how other third-party apps use data. Facebook billionaire even went on to suggest that unlike Apple Facebook doesn't just serve rich people. There the company might have to face questions involving all these incidents. "We have to think about everything we share as containing tonnes of data and information that can be extracted and shared amongst a lot of different people".

"Safety and security is never done, it's an arms race", she said. "They gave us assurances and it wasn't until other people told us it wasn't true".