Mark Zuckerberg can slide out of DMs and soon you can, too

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Not that this matters very much to individual humans: data from Facebook has been circulating for so long outside of Facebook, it can't have very much more to give about any particular user, anyway.

Facebook says it began erasing the messages of Zuckerberg and a few other top executives in 2014 after computer hackers obtained and released emails from Sony Pictures executives. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages".

Facebook said in a statement that keeping messages private is its priority, but it also defended the automated tools as being "very similar to those that other internet companies use today".

We've been told by a Facebook spokesperson that there were only 33 users who installed the app in the country.

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Trying to explain the discrepancy, a company spokesperson said Zuckerberg and other executives were using an encrypted version of Messenger, which included a "timer" that allowed them to have their messages automatically deleted.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced changes to protect users' privacy, taking personal responsibility over the latest fallout.

Meanwhile Facebook will be accelerating the deprecation of Instagram API Platform, disabling all remaining capabilities to read public media on a user's behalf and reading a user's own profile info and media. We want to make sure Page information is only available to apps providing useful services to our community.

After news broke that Facebook has been quietly deleting messages that CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously sent, the social media giant has now revealed that users will soon be able to retract any message.

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"We have discussed this feature several times. This may take some time", a Facebook spokesman wrote in an e-mail last Friday.

London-based Cambridge Analytica, which has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign among its clients, disputed Facebook's estimate of affected users.

Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who worked with the UK-based Cambridge Analytica, said that AggregateIQ once received payment from the pro-Brexit campaign ahead of the 2016 United Kingdom referendum on ending its membership of the European Union.

Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer has showed country-specific break-up of people affected by the data breach, saying information of up to 87 million people, mostly in the USA, may have been "improperly" shared with Cambridge Analytica via a quiz app, "thisisyourdigitallife", between November 2013 and December 2015.

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