It seems that Facebook is right now controversy’s favorite child. The recent one to be added to the list is the confession that the company has been secretly deleting messages sent on Messenger by founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. To this, a Facebook spokesperson also added in a statement that, “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.”

To know more, the previous Facebook messages sent by Zuckerberg have simply vanished in some existing threads, and along with that, TechCrunch reports have also clarified that affected messages would no longer appear in Facebook’s ‘download your information tool’.

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Recent messages from Zuckerberg reportedly remain in some users’ inboxes, and the company doesn’t appear to have cleared out all of Zuckerberg’s older messages prior to 2014.

Well, Facebook has never publicly disclosed the removal of these messages until now, and instead have simply and quietly deleted them from recipient’s Messenger inboxes. However, regular Facebook users aren’t able to delete their own messages from other people’s Messenger inbox, and a special process has been applied to Facebook executives.

However, Facebook’s own terms of service don’t cover the company removing content from accounts unless it violates community standards, so here Facebook’s actions look shady as a result. The actions, in turn, could be viewed as an attempt to remove potentially embarrassing messages, and this is particularly relevant given the history of Facebook. Zuckerberg called people “dumb fucks” for trusting him early on at the beginning of Facebook, and he allegedly hacked into a Facebook user’s private email account back in 2004.

This latest revelation again arrived at a time of increased scrutiny on Facebook’s privacy policies and data protection. Facebook revealed earlier this week that as many as 87 million people, mainly in the US, had their data obtained by Cambridge Analytica.

However, Zuckerberg also revealed that “malicious actors” have been scraping phone numbers and email addresses of Facebook accounts, and Facebook’s chief technology officer reported that the company has changed its approach to threats from hackers.

In conclusion, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer was heard adding that, “We will still be launching new products but prior to launching them we are sitting down and trying to think of all the possible bad uses of them and what bad actors might do with them, and how do we mitigate those things”.