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Mark Zuckerberg Can Delete Old Facebook Messages, but You Can't

Mark Zuckerberg Can Delete Old Facebook Messages, but You Can't

Those ads reached about 10 million Facebook users in the United States, the company said in October.

The global group of campaigners is asking people to take part in a day of online protest by refusing to use Facebook's platforms and apps, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, for 24 hours.

Facebook encrypted "Secret" messaging feature includes an Unsend option with an expiration timer.

The party said they had launched a review to ensure no voter data had been misused.

"We should have done this earlier", Sandberg said, but they are trying to make up for lost time.

The social media giant said it now plans to make the "unsend" feature available to all users. Because Bloomberg reported, Facebook scans the links and images people send to each other on Messenger.

"This is a positive step by Facebook to take the lead to put in place the transparency requirements called for in the Honest Ads Act, but a patchwork of voluntary measures from tech companies isn't going to cut it - we need to pass the Honest Ads Act", she said in a statement.

Mark Zuckerberg can slide out of DMs and soon you can, too
Those ads reached about 10 million Facebook users in the United States , the company said in October. The development comes amid the growing Cambridge Analytica scandal , which broke last month.

This feature carries the big risk of enabling abuse:Experts told Business Insider it could be used to hide evidence of harassment and to gaslight victims. And introducing a way to delete messages raises a number of questions. Will users be able to selectively delete messages after the fact or will expiry dates have to be set before sending?

Facebook had previously stopped short of backing the legislation, saying it wanted to work with lawmakers further and announcing attempts at self-regulation. This has been especially useful for finding your friends in languages which take more effort to type out a full name, or where many people have the same name.

"Even now when so numerous concerns and warnings from academics and digital rights advocates have come through exactly as predicted, and facing the associated fallout, it's hard to believe that Facebook still hasn't learned that lesson".

There has been no official announcement about the new delete feature, and there's a sense that Facebook is reacting to crisis after crisis in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal with slap-dash measures on an ad-hoc basis.

It's hard to understand why Facebook didn't implement many of these changes earlier, before the company found itself amid a sustained backlash about its approach to privacy. Of course, Facebook is also tasked with a monumental responsibility: It has amassed data about more people than have ever lived in a single country in the history of the world, and now has to figure out how to manage it. It's clear that if the company had valued privacy all along, it wouldn't need to be in such a reactive mode.

The company will hire thousands more employees to roll out the changes ahead of important elections around the world, including the 2018 USA midterms.


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