Even more shady business coming from Facebook as the company finally comes clean about deleting messages from CEO Mark Zuckerberg to former employees and those outside of the company's inbox for the purpose of "corporate security." Facebook released a statement regarding the Sony Pictures hack in which the film production company's unreleased movies and other confidential documents:
<blockquote>"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."</blockquote>
As TechCrunch reported, Facebooks terms of service don't give it the right to remove content from user's accounts unless it violates community standards. Meanwhile, users are unable to delete their own sent messages in another users' inbox. They can delete them from their own but this doesn't "unsend" what's been sent to them.
This also comes a day after Facebook revealed it used AI-powered systems to scan contents of Messenger conversations in order to stop the spread of "misinformation and malicious content." Once the AI has flagged messages, they're then read by human staff at Facebook.
As more and more information about Facebook's unethical behavior continues to come out, it becomes clearer and clearer that Zuckerberg's apologies and promise to "do better" in the future are no more than just words.