Facebook caught deleting messages sent by Zuckerberg

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Facebook, much like Uber in 2017, continues to shoot itself in the foot as it tries to recover from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Since the scandal was brought to the attention of the world the firm has tried to assure users that it honours their privacy and give them greater control over what information Facebook collects.

But now a report by TechCrunch has revealed that what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. The goose in this particular case is Mark Zuckerberg.

The publication reports that three sources have confirmed that messages sent to them by Zuckerberg have disappeared while only their messages remain in the thread

Thankfully Facebook responded to TechCrunch’s request for comment saying that it deleted Zuckerberg’s messages as a security precaution.

“After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications. These included limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger. We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages,” Facebook told TechCrunch.

The news has sparked outrage with some users looking at Facebooks terms and conditions with renewed scrutiny.

One hand you have Facebook saying it values user privacy and everything will be done to protect that. On the other you have users with tomes of information stored on Facebook just waiting for somebody to scoop them up.

There is also no data retention period for users that we can find in Facebook’s data policy.

The alarming part about this matter though is Facebook’s ability to remove a conversation from a thread without needing to inform the user. There are policies in place that allow the company to remove content from a profile but in those instances the content must have violated the terms of service.

Whether Facebook was simply protecting executives by removing content so that it never fell into the wrong hands is debatable but we’re sure that this news will do more harm than good given how hesitant users are of trusting the site right now.


[Image – CC BY SA 2.0 Alessio Jacona]

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.