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Facebook will allow Messenger users to 'Unsend' messages from recipients' inboxes

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Deanna Wagner | 09 April, 2018, 00:50

The firm has also not immediately responded to questions on whether any other secret privacy tools were available exclusively to Facebook executives. And until this feature is ready, we will no longer be deleting any executives' messages.

Social network giant Facebook is set to launch a new feature to its messaging service that will allow users to unsend and permanentlydelete messages.

That said, Facebook back in October 2016 rolled out a feature called 'Secret Conversations' that lets Messenger users send messages that expire after a certain time and are deleted from the recipients' inbox.

Facebook is also facing criticism for collecting years of data on call and text histories from Android users.

Since dismissing criticisms about Facebook's role in manipulating voters as "crazy" in late 2016, Zuckerberg has repeatedly been forced to acknowledge the extent to which the social media platform has enabled "digital warfare" through the vast amounts of data it gathers, stores, and shares about its users. This may take some time.

To get authorised by Facebook, advertisers will now need to confirm their identity and location.

Moscow has denied the allegations.

The news comes after Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, and its parent company last month over concerns about violations of the social media site's policies.

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This information was used to target voters in the United States, based on psychological profiling, with political adverts spreading disinformation.

The firm used the information, without users' consent, to support the campaign for Britain's exit from the European Union, as well as the 2016 election campaign of US President Donald Trump.

It plans to expand existing election law covering television and radio outlets to apply to paid internet and digital advertisements on platforms like Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google.

In June, Facebook also plans to release a public, searchable political ads archive.

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.

The company had already been facing a lot of backlash from users after the Cambridge Analytica scandal happened - affecting close to 87 million users - and now, the news of accessing user inboxes without permission or even a notification deepens the privacy question and what Facebook might be doing to curb flouting of rules.

He said he was not aware of any discussions on the Facebook board about him stepping down, although directors would face a challenge if they wanted to oust him because Mr Zuckerberg is the controlling shareholder.

"There is an indication that Indonesian Facebook users are part of Cambridge Analytica's data case".