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Facebook secretly deleting messages from executives

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Deanna Wagner | 07 April, 2018, 00:34

In his call with reporters Wednesday, Zuckerberg said the company had tried "rate limiting" the searches.

Echoing Zuckerberg's comments this week, she stresses that Facebook is changing its thinking and focusing more on securing user data.

Facebook reportedly asked major USA hospitals to share patient data, such as prescription information and illnesses, for a research project aimed at helping healthcare institutions. While users can send disappearing messages on Messenger à la Snapchat, they can't retroactively delete their own messages from other people's inboxes. Its founder Mark Zuckerberg will address the US Congress next week. "Mark (Zuckerberg) is really sorry for that, and what we're doing now is taking really firm action". He has also been asked to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee panels.

Zuckerberg is due to testify about the matter next week during two U.S.

That issue has been in the spotlight after reports that Cambridge Analytica, a political research organisation that did work for Donald Trump, improperly got ahold of detailed information about Facebook users without their permission. Presumably due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, however, the plan has been paused for the time being. Many scholars around the US are discussing what happened, what's at stake, how to fix it, and what could come next.

A Facebook spokeswoman in Australia said the company would be "fully responsive" to the investigation and had recently updated some privacy settings.

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"I'm quite confident given our analysis it is not more than 87 [million]".

The social media giant said it will use newly-developed artificial intelligence tools to root out "fake" profiles and pages planted by people that try to disrupt the referendum with disinformation. Every other service on the Internet has similar collection mechanisms about your private data. The information was later transferred to third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, in violation of Facebook's policies.

"While it's clear that investor sentiment has been materially impacted by [the] Cambridge Analytica revelations, we believe FB is acting proactively and aggressively to tighten its privacy controls and increase the level of transparency into its practices", Wells Fargo analyst Ken Sena said.

"I'm not going to sit here and say that we're not going to find more [breaches] because we are."

It does so by matching medical information, for instance of a middle-aged person, such as the age, medications per day, number of trips to the hospital that particular year, with a person on Facebook of the same age, marital status, number of children and his/her daily social activity.