Facebook's data crackdown has two winners, and one of them is Facebook

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The social network confirmed the idea had been discussed but had been "paused" while the company dealt with its privacy crisis.

Steps like overhauling its entire privacy settings menu are a clear benefit.

Facebook says it will notify users affected by the Cambridge Analytica issue next week.

Hours ago, Facebook admitted that Mark Zuckerberg had given himself special powers to delete old Facebook messages from recipients' inboxes-a feature that's not available to ordinary Facebook users. On the company's website, though, AggregateIQ says it has no connections to Cambridge Analytica or SCL, and that it never had access to the reportedly leaked user profiles.

'Cause-and-effect can get muddled or lost entirely.'

Facebook's newest feature for Messenger comes at a time when another controversy could be brewing for Facebook. The comparison to DARPA is not just a passing similarity either: Facebook hired former DARPA executive Regina Dugan to head up the division in 2016, although she left the post 18 months later. Facebook has revealed they will not de deleting anymore messages until the feature is rolled out for the rest of their expansive community of users. This may take some time.

"We're starting this in the USA and expanding to the rest of the world in the coming months", Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page. But the United States and the rest of the world must continue to brainstorm ways to ensure that the privacy of Internet users is protected, and to prevent various actors from manipulating people with their personal data. If the links and images don't abide by Facebook's rules on content, it gets blocked, a Facebook spokesperson said Wednesday.

Facebook now offers such a timer in Secret Conversations, a feature within Messenger that encrypts messages and lets users determine how long the messages are visible before they disappear.

"This story reinforces people's fears about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook".

Facebook will also tell users if their details were improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. This restricted how many searches someone can conduct at one time from a particular IP address, a numeric designation that identifies a device's location on the internet.

Cambridge Analytica has told the government that it has not used any personal data of Indian users mined by Cambridge researcher Aleksandr Kogan from social network Facebook, according to a senior government official. But some of the fixes-including especially the unsend feature-feel particularly half-baked.

Shares in the California-based company have dropped by nearly 14 per cent since the Cambridge Analytica news broke on March 17. Facebook also has a long history of apologizing after the fact for violating users' trust.

The bill's sponsors said they welcomed Facebook's support.

The remarks come amid a Facebook apology tour sparked by the revelation that Cambridge Analytica - a British-based political consultancy that worked for the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign - obtained the data of as many as 87 million users of the popular social media platform.