Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Facebook Messenger to get Unsend feature

Facebook holds annual F8 developers conference in San Jose California Facebook Messenger to get Unsend feature
Nina Mathis | 09 April, 2018, 01:26

Techcrunch first reported the message deletion scandal, where several sources claimed that they had messages from Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives mysteriously disappear from their inbox.

Since 2016, normal Facebook users have been able to send disappearing messages using an encryption feature in Messenger, but they can not turn the tool on retroactively, and can not erase any sent messages older than 2016.

Although the ability to automatically delete sent texts hadn't been previously available, Facebook says it now plans to make it available to all users. These included limited the retention period for Marks messages in Messenger. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages", the company said.

According to multiple reports, Facebook sent a doctor to several USA hospitals in the hopes of convincing them to share patient data with the social media giant. "This may take some time", a Facebook spokesman wrote in an e-mail last Friday. However, the timing of the announcement only comes after the company was caught deleting messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Starting Monday, Facebook will provide a link at the top of users' newsfeeds so they can check if their information was shared. Unfortunately, you can't really control who Facebook gives your data to. "We wanted to organise some direct action where lots of people could say that they love Facebook but want to see it improved".

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




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

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 U.S. mid-terms and upcoming political contests around the world.

They reportedly used this information to profile voters in a number of high-profile campaigns - like the US Presidential Election and Brexit - and targeted them with personalised political ads on the social media platform.

Earlier this week, Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, in a blog post, gave country-specific break-up of people affected by the data breach, saying information of up to 87 million people, mostly in the United States, may have been "improperly" shared with Cambridge Analytica via a quiz app, "thisisyourdigitallife", between November 2013 and December 2015.

The tech behemoth is also facing probes over the data breach from USA consumer protection agency the Federal Trade Commission and from a joint New York-Massachusetts investigation.

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