Like a Boss: Facebook Users Can Have Same Privilege as Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's hardest year, and what comes next

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's hardest year, and what comes next

Moreover, they did not identify which other Facebook executives have had their private messages removed from the application.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that around the world as many as 87 million people could be affected by the Cambridge Analytica breach, which has sent the company into turmoil and raised questions about data protection for the entire tech sector.

Facebook told TechCrunch, which has email evidence showing messages that were deleted, that it retracted the messages "to protect our executives' communications" following the Sony Pictures email hack of 2014.

The measure is already in place for political ads, and comes as Facebook tries to clamp down on outside election interference ahead of this year's United States mid-terms and upcoming political contests around the world. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages", the company said. Finally, it declined to say whether messages will disappear automatically as Zuckerberg's did or via a user-set timer. "Mark (Zuckerberg) is really sorry for that, and what we're doing now is taking really firm action".

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said the change will mean "we will hire thousands of more people" and will take place this year ahead of USA mid-term elections in November.

Allowing people to go further back in time and delete messages that were expected to be archived could lead misleading conversations in the future.

The special permission given to Zuckerberg has been applied to messages he sent several years ago, whereas messages sent from regular users remain in recipient's inboxes unless they're manually deleted.

Facebook won't find "every single bad use of data, but what we can do is make it a lot harder for folks to do that going forward", he added.

You can remove the chats from your end but you can't remove messages from recipients' inboxes.

This may take some time.

The company also declined to say how long Zuckerberg has had the feature and what other executives had access to it.

From Monday, Facebook will inform all 562,455 users that their account privacy had been breached through a link at the top of their news feed so they can see what apps they use and the information they have shared with those apps.

"Can we really trust [Facebook] to run a messaging service?" famed technology reporter Walt Mossberg tweeted on Friday.

The U.K. regulator is in the midst of an investigation into the scandal, which saw data from Facebook users misused by political data firm Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 USA election.

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