Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Facebook plans to let everyone unsend messages, will stop Zuckerberg until then

Facebook plans to let everyone unsend messages, will stop Zuckerberg until then

It was reported on Thursday evening that Mark Zuckerberg and the other top Facebook executives could delete old messages on Messenger, a feature not available to anyone else. And just as a doctor should encourage a patient to get second opinions, Facebook should allow its users to write and share their own formulas for how their news feeds should be populated, rather than making a one-size-fits-all decision that, say, updates from friends and family are to be prioritized over news.

Social network giant Facebook is set to launch a new feature to its messaging service that will allow users to unsend and permanentlydelete messages.

And that's a lot of apologies from the company lately; however, the company already offers similar deleting messages option via the secret conversations feature on Messenger. After facing mammoth controversy over its users' data breach via British political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, the Facebook CEO is expected to testify before two Congressional committees next week. By announcing the feature is coming to all users it seems like an attempt to make Zuckerberg appear as a beta tester of the feature to some. WhatsApp offers users with the ability to delete messages for a limited amount of time after the message has been sent.

Zuckerberg said "thousands" of people would be hired to get the verifications up and running in time for the "critical months" before 2018 elections in the US, Mexico, Brazil, India and Pakistan. Facebook said that the feature exists for corporate security reasons related to the Sony hack of 2014, but it yet feels elitist, especially in the light of broader critiques of the privacy practices of the company. The publication also claims it has email receipts proving retractions. These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger. "We should have done this sooner-and we're sorry that we did not".

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"I think that Facebook is a platform that has the scale of 2 billion users".

According to a report by Engadget, users have had received messages from CEO Zuckerberg previously, as early as 2010. "AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates". The firm worked for both Vote Leave and BeLeave during the European Union referendum campaign, but has always insisted it has never been a part of Cambridge Analytica, and has not had access to any of its Facebook data.

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.

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