Facebook admits to scanning Messenger conversations for data

Zuckerberg set for trial by fire in first testimony

Facebook admits to scanning Messenger conversations for data

The news comes after Facebook was forced to admit that it secretly deleted messages sent by its CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company executives.

Facebook first acknowledged last month that personal information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica. On the other hand, it raised the spectre of paranoid users being anxious that the messages they were supposed to receive might disappear. These included limited the retention period for Marks messages in Messenger. If a user long presses a private message on Facebook a "Delete Message" pop up confirms that the function will "delete your copy of the message", and the recipients' copy will remain. The company apologized for not doing so sooner.

The social network was under massive pressure after reports that users' data were compromised after interacting with an app in the platform and sent over to Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook said in a statement that no patient data was ever actually shared or collected.

"I'm not going to sit here and say that we're not going to find more", she said, "because we are".

Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová is scheduled to have a phone call with Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg early next week, Commission spokesperson Christian Wigand said.

"Any advertiser who doesn't pass will be prohibited from running political or issue ads", Mr Zuckerberg wrote.

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"We're also announcing that people who manage Pages with large numbers of followers will need to be verified", said Goldman. "But they will make it a lot harder for anyone to do what the Russians did during the 2016 election and use fake accounts and pages to run ads".

It looks Mark Zuckerberg-led social media giant Facebook just couldn't catch a breath from making headlines every other day. What we didn't do is the next step of an audit and we're trying to do that now,"Sheryl Sandberg said during an interview on NBC's TODAY show with Savannah Guthrie".

The messages were originally sent to former employees and people outside of Facebook. They are also unlikely to block plans that will regulate Facebook ad content.

Facebook is also facing an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission in what has become its worst privacy crisis in its 14-year history.

In addition, 87 million users whose data might have been shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a more detailed message informing them of that fact.

Over the past three weeks the scandal continued to spiral. The information was later transferred to third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, in violation of Facebook's policies.

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