We all have heard how Facebook has been giving the personal data of its users to third parties without any users' consent. The dust on the issue still hasn't settled. However, the company, once again, has been caught doing something that looks pretty dodgy, even if it wasn't intended to be malicious.
The social media giant has admitted that it has permanently deleted some potentially embarrassing messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg to people's Messenger inboxes. It is something that an ordinary user cannot do. Although it is possible to delete messages and conversations,for yourself, this action will not affect the copies of those conversations that other people have. Likewise, your deleted conversations will still resurface if you will choose to download the full set of your personal data that Facebook has. However, the deleted Zuckerberg's messages have been removed permanently from everywhere. They are neither in people's inboxes, nor in the downloadable data.
This action certainly shown the discrepancy between how company treats data of its users and how it protects the reputation of its top executives. Of course, if protecting the reputation was the goal, exactly the opposite outcome has been achieved. Many of those who have found out about the story of deleted messages have scrambled to find out what those messages were. When it comes to embarrassing messages, Mark Zuckerberg has some history. For example, in 2004, when Facebook was in its infancy, he has famously wrote that people who trusted him with their personal data were "dumb fucks".
Whether Facebook CEO has grown out of these views, remains to be seen. However, this quote from years ago is certainly not the only reason not to trust the social media giant. Since the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, many people have downloaded and read through their personal Facebook data logs. Some suspicions of conspiracy theorists were confirmed: Facebook and Messenger apps have indeed accessed text messages, contacts and recording hardware on mobile devices. This is why, although we would not discourage anyone from using Facebook, we would strongly advice not to download any of its apps on any of your devices or, if you do, severely restrict permissions on those apps to the bare minimum. Also, it would be a good idea to never share any information on Facebook that has a potential to ruin your life in the future. If you really want to post something controversial, there are websites like minds.com, Reddit and 4chan, among many others. Anything private you post on Facebook can, one day, become public.
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Published by Mobile Tech Tracker
Posted on 6 Apr 2018