Facebook has deleted some of Mark Zuckerberg’s private messages over fears sensitive data could be leaked.
Three sources claim old Facebook messages from Zuckerberg have disappeared from their inbox.
The recipients were not notified – raising concerns about what the Facebook CEO could be hiding.Facebook deletes some of Mark Zuckerberg’s private messages over fears sensitive data may be leaked
Facebook claims the change was made after the 2014 Sony Pictures H@ck, when a mass data breach at the movie studio resulted in embarrassing email histories being leaked.
However, the lack of disclosure has angered some users, along with the absence of a similar tool to recall messages for normal users.
An email receipt of a message from 2010 seen by TechCrunch proves some messages from the Facebook CEO no longer appear in chat logs or Facebook files.
The removal of these messages was not disclosed publicly and users were not informed.
Although Zuckerberg may be CEO of the company, the ability to remove messages from Messenger – now used by 1.3 billion people – is not allowed under the company’s terms of service.
Users can only delete messages from their own inbox and they would still appear in the inbox of the recipient.
The fact the the company is prepared to make exceptions makes a mockery of its statement that it wants to ‘make the world more open and transparent’, say experts.
Facebook claimed these messages were deleted due to concerns about corporate security.
‘After Sony Pictures’ emails were H@cked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications’, a spokesperson told MailOnline.
‘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.’
The Sony H@ck targeted the emails of Sony film executives, revealing the inner workings of the industry.
Other Facebook-owned companies such as Instagram and WhatsApp have functions that mean users can delete messages.
Earlier this week the company was further embroiled in the scandal over user’s private data.
It was revealed Facebook scans the contents of messages that people send each other on its Messenger app, blocking any content that contravenes its rules.
What users write in messages may also be read manually if it’s flagged to moderators for breaching Facebook’s community guidelines.
While the intentions behind the practice may be well-meaning, the news is likely to add to users’ concerns over what the social network knows about them.
It follows revelations that the Trump-affiliated consulting firm obtained data on at least 50 million unsuspecting Facebook users.