Facebook founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to testify before Congressional panels investigating the mishandling of its data and other revelations about the social-media giant. Facebook says the feature exists for corporate security reasons related to the 2014 Sony hack, but it still feels elitist, especially in light of broader critiques of the company's privacy practices. "And her response was, 'Well, they told us that they deleted it, ' which seems. a pretty weak defense, and unfortunately that's not going to be enough for lawmakers".
"Until this feature is ready, we will no longer be deleting any executives' messages. We should have done this sooner-and we're sorry that we did not".
The aforementioned "unsend" feature has reportedly been in the works for a couple of months, with Facebook relaying the following to BGR.
In addition, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a more detailed message informing them of this.
Facebook disclosed in September that Russians under fake names had used the social network to try to influence US voters in the months before and after the 2016 election, writing about inflammatory subjects, setting up events and buying ads.
Every advertiser who wants to run an issue ad will need to confirm their identity and location, Zuckerberg wrote.
Facebook will also require the administrators of pages with a "large number" of followers to also be verified.
The social media giant said the steps are created to deter the kind of election meddling and online information warfare that United States authorities have accused Russian Federation of pursuing, the company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said.
Moscow has denied the allegations.
The company would not disclose any further details about the feature to Quartz.
That legislation is aimed at countering concerns about foreign nationals using social media to influence American politics, which is part of the investigation into possible Russian meddling during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
The legislation would also require online platforms to make "all reasonable efforts" to ensure that foreign nationals and entities are not buying political ads to influence the United States electorate. The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also - thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions - data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't meant to share publicly.
Some of the information improperly harvested from Facebook Inc. users might be stored in Russian Federation, said the former employee of Cambridge Analytica who blew the whistle on the data-privacy scandal involving the analytics firm's role in the 2016 presidential election.
Facebook has revealed more than 300,000 Australians may have had their private data used without their knowledge.
Laura Ullman, spokeswoman for the campaign, said the group was concerned about data privacy and how the company had been regulated.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie previously estimated that more than 50 million people were compromised by a personality quiz that collected data from users and their friends.