We've all experienced the mortifying moment when you wake up after a great night, only to discover that you've sent some unwanted messages, um, intoxicated . Or maybe you just sent a message that you realized you should not have and you need a quick solution to recover it. Whatever your situation, I'm sure you wanted there to be some way to retract the unwanted messages. And now it is possible that you can, on Facebook at least. So, can you remove the Facebook messages now?
Fortunately for all of us, the popular social networking platform will soon launch a new feature that will allow you to get a message that you regretted sending, in the first place, according to TechCrunch. Oh happy day! On April 6, the website reported that the release function will be available to all users who use the company's Messenger function in the coming months. An official release date has not yet been announced, and it could take some time to obtain the correct software. But the change is coming, so cheer up!
Facebook said in a statement to The Verge that, "We have discussed this feature several times, now we will make a larger message elimination feature available, which may take some time." Elite Daily contacted Facebook to get more details about the launch of the release feature, but received no response at the time of publication.
So, why did Facebook take so long to introduce the "release" function? While this is great news for users around the world, the series of events that led to this revelation is somewhat messy and quite questionable.
TechCrunch reported on April 5 that Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and other senior employees of the company have the ability to retract the messages sent in their Facebook messaging accounts. The company claimed that the feature was launched for security reasons, but for some reason, Facebook never revealed this to its users.
Facebook said in a statement to TechCrunch after the report that, "after the Sony Pictures emails were hacked." in 2014 we made a series of changes to protect our executives' communications, which included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger. "
It's not clear why this feature has not been available to all users or why the company felt they needed to keep this function a secret, Facebook apologized for this error in a statement to The Verge where they said,
And until this feature is ready, we will no longer erase any executive's messages. have done this before, and we regret not having done it.
Facebook has already been criticized for privacy issues in recent weeks, and this latest report does not is adding to the company's relationship with its users In an interview with the editor in chief of Vox, Ezra Klein, published on April 2, Zuckerberg indicated that the company monitors users' private messages. He detailed an example in which certain "extremist messages" that came out of Myanmar were "detected", which definitely raised some eyebrows. If Facebook can detect messages, how much privacy do users have?
A Messenger spokesperson told Elite Daily at the time the messages were flagged for harmful content by an automated system. The statement says,
Maintaining the privacy of your messages is our priority, we protect the community with automated systems that detect things like known images of child exploitation and malware. This is not done by humans.
Facebook also has been criticized for the role that the platform played in the 2016 elections. Ads purchased in Russia on Facebook reportedly reached more than half of the voting population of the USA UU., According to CNN. There's no way to ultimately say how much those ads influenced the actual results of the election, but it's quite surprising that these ads have not been detected by Facebook.
Zuckerberg is scheduled to meet before Congress on Capitol Hill for two days on April 10 and 11 where he will testify on data privacy issues. The CEO will participate in two hearings, one joint session before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, and another before the Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives.
This broad public scrutiny of the company could mean important changes for Facebook along the way. It is not known exactly what they will be, but we do know that at least we will have the capacity to undo an unwanted message or two (or 10). That, at least, is something we should expect.
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