For the most part a lot of our online services like Facebook and Twitter allow us to do whatever we want on them as long as we abide by their policies. However given that they own their services, does that mean that they get to do whatever they want without the user consenting to it?

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That seems to be a new bee’s nest that Facebook might have stirred because according to multiple reports, Facebook has been quietly deleting/retracting messages sent by its CEO Mark Zuckerberg to other Facebook users. This has been confirmed by multiple users who showed TechCrunch message receipts proving that Zuckerberg did send them messages in the past.

This isn’t because those messages were inappropriate or they were trying to cover anything up. Instead according to a statement sent to TechCrunch, Facebook said, “After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications. These included limiting the retention period for Mark’s messages in Messenger. We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages.”

However the issue is more to do with the fact that Facebook tampered with the inboxes of its users with a feature that no one else has, which is the ability to retract/delete messages sent. Right now when users delete a message they sent, they are only removing it from their side of the conversation and the other side can still see it.

Like we said this seems to be causing a bit of a stir, especially now that Facebook is facing a data privacy scandal and we’re not sure this latest incident is winning them back any fans.

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