Facebook suspends Canadian political consulting firm amid data mining scandal

Doris Richards
April 9, 2018

This way, a message will disappear from the sender and receiver's inboxes after a certain amount of time. The social networking company developed the unsend capability to allow its own executives to delete messages, but failed to pass this on to Facebook members.

TechCrunch recently reported that three unnamed sources have come forward to reveal that Zuckerberg appears to have access to a feature that permanently deletes sent messages. Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operation Officer (COO) at Facebook and second in command after founder-owner Mark Zuckerberg, said "I am not going to sit here and say that we're not going to find more because we are".

According to Facebook, they are telling news websites that they are planning to launch an "unsend" feature, one which will be available not just to Zuckerberg but also to all other Facebook users. These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger.


"We have discussed this feature several times. That raises the question of whether this was a breach of user-trust", the report added. "AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates". "What we are focused on is making sure those possible use cases get shut down". This may take some time. It also neglected to inform the recipients why Zuckerberg's messages were permanently deleted from their inboxes. "We should have done this sooner - and we're sorry that we did not", the representative offered as an apology. Facebook's terms of service don't give the right to remove content from users' accounts unless it violates the company's community standards.

The news comes as Facebook grapples with the revelation that some 87m users may have had their personal data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting group that worked on the 2016 USA election and Britain's European Union referendum vote.

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.

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