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Facebook admits deleting messages sent by Zuckerberg on Messenger

Amidst of Facebook’s breach of trust saga, the social network giant has now reportedly been caught tampering with user’s Inbox (personal messages). TechCrunch reported that old Facebook messages they received from Zuckerberg disappeared from their Facebook inboxes, while their own replies remains, admitting the same Facebook said that it has been deleting the messages sent on Messenger by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a statement shared with TechCrunch, Facebook said that

“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.” According to the same TechCrunch report Facebook neither disclosed the removal of messages or privately informed the recipients about the removal.

Facebook’s terms of service do not seem to specify such special rights with the company, also mentioning company’s spokesperson, TechCrunch report clarifies that only users can delete messages from their own inboxes and that the messages will still show in the recipient’s inbox, which means that rules are different for the CEO and other executives in the company.

This development has erupted a debate on Twitter discussing whether it is a breach of trust or not:

MediaNama’s take

At the time, when the founder will be testifying in front of the Government in US in April to answer questions about Facebook’s use and protection of user data, it looks like the company is trying to save embarrassments like back in 2014, when Zuckerberg called people “dumb fucks” for trusting him at the beginning of Facebook, and he apparently hacked into a Facebook user’s private email account at that time.

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This development occurred when data of nearly 87 million Facebook users was improperly accessed by with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. In a response to this, Zuckerberg said in a recent press conference, “We didn’t take a broad enough view on what our responsibility was and that was a huge mistake. That was my mistake.”

A day before we reported that Facebook apparently scanning users’ privately shared links and media on its Messenger App, and that its moderators also read flagged messages, to check if they comply with its rules. They are taken down if they don’t. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said while talking about ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, “In that case, our systems detect what’s going on.” “We stop those messages from going through,” he added.

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