"After Sony Pictures' emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives' communications", a Facebook spokesperson said. Sandberg's announcement is part of an effort by Facebook to monitor and stop such practices, although she told Perino that the social network's size-about two billion users-makes it hard to do so.
"With important elections coming up in the US, Mexico, Brazil, India, Pakistan and more countries in the next year, one of my top priorities for 2018 is making sure we support positive discourse and prevent interference in these elections", Zuckerberg revealed in an official post on Facebook. This may take some time. It explained that during this time while it is working on the unsend feature that it will not be deleting the messages of any of its executives. "But we wanted to put out the maximum we felt that it could be as soon as we had that analysis done", said Zuckerberg.
The aforementioned "unsend" feature has reportedly been in the works for a couple of months, with Facebook relaying the following to BGR.
While Facebook says its Messenger conversations aren't monitored by humans, users should be cautious about what they share on the app.
"When the timer runs out, the message would disappear from both their and the recipients' inboxes", it reported.
"We have discussed this feature several times".
Anyone who manages a Facebook page with a substantial number of followers will also need to be verified.
Moscow has denied the allegations.
Zuckerberg also voiced his support for the Honest Ads Act, a bill that would apply disclosure requirements for ads on TV or in print to political ads on online services.
She continued: "We thought it had been deleted because they gave us assurances, and it wasn't until other people told us it wasn't true, but ... we had legal assurances from them that they deleted". Depending on your perspective, it's a little concerning that Facebook wields the power mess with people's private messages, and has admitted to doing so.
His comments signal that U.S. Facebook users, many of them still angry over the company's admission that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica got hold of Facebook data on 50 million members, could find themselves in a worse position than Europeans.
According to the Italian news agency AGI, just over 214,000 Italians could be affected, based on the 57 Facebook users who installed the personality quiz application.
News of the inbox-tampering broke as Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg was apologising for the Cambridge Analytica data breach.