Five Key Facts About Mark Zuckerberg's 15-Year Facebook Apology Tour

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Facebook is on the mat for a breach that impacted 87 million users globally and these are all welcome measures to enable the start of a long overdue conversation about privacy in a country in which the laws needed to protect it still don't exist.

Facebook has already rolled out a feature that lets you delete the sent messages on WhatsApp dubbed "Delete for everyone" and now the company may be gearing up to bring the same feature to Messenger. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also said that its major focus this year is to improve security so that the integrity of elections is not compromised.

Last month a former Cambridge Analytica (CA) employee, Chris Wylie, told a United Kingdom parliamentary committee that the London-based company, deeply embedded in the ongoing data mining scandal, had potentially shared some of its Facebook harvested data with the Canadian AggregateIQ consultancy, which is accused of targeting social media users for political campaigns - including during the 2016 U.S. election and the UK's Brexit campaign.

TechCrunch reported that Facebook has been quietly deleting the messages CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sent via Messenger. It also neglected to inform the recipients why Zuckerberg's messages were permanently deleted from their inboxes. According to Quartz, Facebook had announced requirements for purchasing electoral ads back in October but is now expanding them to "issue" ads, which are largely what Russians were running on US Facebook ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

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A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch, "We have discussed this feature several times".

Facebook is working to strengthen its system ahead of this year's USA midterm elections and other elections around the world. The social media giant claims it could offer self-destructing messages similar to Secret chat. This may take some time.

Facebook on Wednesday issued updates of its data policy, which sheds more light on how much data it collects on users and how that information is shared with other services.

Last month, the controversy where Cambridge Analytica was accused of harvesting data of up to 50 million Facebook users without permission and using the data to help politicians, including US President Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign 2016. The company makes nearly all of its revenue and profit from ads, in large part because of the strategies implemented under Sandberg, especially as Facebook moved to mobile. Further, the spokesperson said that they should have done this sooner and they are sorry that they did not.

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