Found Facebook was giving insufficient information to users on how the social network collects and uses their data Also found that Facebook uses sensitive personal data without explicit consent.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that users can only delete messages their own inboxes, and that they would still show up in the recipient's thread.
In a rare interview conference call with journalists (including this one) the other night, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg admitted that both he and his company have consistently gotten it wrong when it comes to assessing the damage that is being done by those manipulating Facebook.
- Facebook is also making sure it's more transparent with its users and will provide more information on the features it has introduced such as Marketplace, starting fundraisers or sharing 360 videos.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology says in a statement Friday it has asked the National Police to investigate possible violations of Indonesia's privacy law a day after Facebook announced that personal data of more than 1 million Indonesians might have been exposed by political consultant Cambridge Analytica.
Since the debate is all about greater transparency, the government should place in the public domain the response it has received not just from Facebook, but also from Cambridge Analytica (which last checked was still to respond).
While the prospect of Facebook getting its hands on users medical data is extremely worrying, particularly in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica hoo-hah, the project would have had its benefits, according to experts. So we have now disabled this feature.
In their letter the six local tech and human rights organizations said they were "surprised" to hear Zuckerberg "praise the effectiveness" of Facebook's systems in Myanmar.
Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg also stated that "malicious actors" are tracking phone numbers and email addresses of Facebook accounts. Schroepfer wrote that they "believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people - mostly in the United States - may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica". Zuckerberg is set to testify April 10 before a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees, and a day later before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Zuck's messages: now you see them, now you don't. To fix its image and regain momentum, the company has introduced at least three new changes in the use of the information by and from its users, with possibly more to come soon. Even if the reason behind the exception holds up, Facebook would have done well to inform affected users, especially since its oft-referenced terms of service only indicate that a message can be deleted if it contains content that violates the community standards.