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Facebook plans to allow all users to 'unsend' their private messages

Facebook plans to allow all users to 'unsend' their private messages

Facebook had reportedly gotten as far as enlisting its scientists to talk to major organizations like the American College of Cardiology and the Stanford University School of Medicine about the project. These included limited the retention period for Marks messages in Messenger. Since 2016, normal Facebook users have been able to send disappearing messages using an encryption feature in Messenger, but they can not turn the tool on retroactively, and can not erase any sent messages older than 2016.

The company apologised for not doing so sooner.

Facebook said on Friday that it had suspended Canadian political consultancy AggregateIQ from its platform after reports that the data firm may have improperly had access to the personal data of Facebook users.

Sandberg said that at the time, Facebook received legal assurances that Cambridge Analytica had deleted the improperly obtained information.

Facebook said that the feature exists for corporate security reasons related to the Sony hack of 2014, but it yet feels elitist, especially in the light of broader critiques of the privacy practices of the company.

The site will now show who pays for all political and issue-based ads and require advertisers to be more transparent about who and where they are.

Critics have pilloried the company for letting Russian operatives spread misinformation during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the new policy was welcomed in Washington, where lawmakers have been working on legislation that would force social media companies to be more transparent about who is buying certain kinds of ads. The issue ads requirement is new.

Under what criteria Facebook would "authorize" ad buyers, the company did not say directly in the post.

More news: Facebook suspends Canadian political consultancy AggregateIQ amid data row

The company disclosed in September that Russians using fake names had used the social network to try to influence U.S. voters in the months before and after the 2016 election.

In addition, Facebook says it will also require the administrators of pages with a "large number" of followers to verify their identities and addresses.

Zuckerberg is due to testify about the matter next week during two United States congressional hearings and the data breach has drawn criticism from lawmakers and regulators around the world. Telegram lets users turn on the self-destructing messages option.

Mr Zuckerberg has made similar statements in the past, but has added that Facebook remains committed to offering a free service paid for by advertising.

"I think that Facebook is a platform that has the scale of 2 billion users". The social media network's Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer put out a blog post admitting that the fiasco may have exposed the data of about 87 million individuals, over half a million of whom were from India.

Facebook is also facing criticism for collecting years of data on call and text histories from Android users.

Over the past three weeks the scandal continued to spiral.

The news has wiped-off nearly $50 billion from Facebook's market value as investors fear the Cambridge Analytica scandal could permanently damage the social network's reputation, deter advertisers and invite tougher regulation.