Facebook confirmed that it removes messages sent by the founder of the social network Mark Zuckerberg and other executives in Messenger. This was explained by security measures due to the hacking of Sony Pictures in 2014. The company confirmed the information in a conversation with TechCrunch.
After hacking into Sony Pictures’ mailboxes in 2014, we made several changes to protect the communication of our executives. They included a limited period of storage of messages by Mark [Zuckerberg] in Messenger. We have done this in full accordance with our legal obligations to preserve the messages.
As the journalists noted, the old messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg simply disappeared, the participants of the correspondence did not find them even in the Facebook’s backup file, which should contain the entire history of the user’s actions and all his data.
Prior to that, the company did not comment on the removal of messages: they simply disappeared from the participants of correspondence with Mark Zuckerberg. Ordinary users can only delete messages from their side, but they will stay with their interlocutors.
For example, in 2010 The New Yorker found out that at the dawn of Facebook, Zuckerberg was offering his friend information about any Harvard student and calling people who trusted his personal data “dumb idiots”. Also, according to media reports, in 2004 the Facebook creator cracked the private mail of one of its users.
On March 19, journalists discovered that Cambridge Analytica was able to circumvent the rules of Facebook to get data of 50 million people. Two days later, because of the scandal, the social network lost more than $ 50 billion of capitalization, and many entrepreneurs and the media staged a boycott of Zuckerberg and called for their retirement from Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg was silent for several days, and then publicly apologized to users first on his own page , and then on television and in newspapers . April 3, it became known that the leakage of data could affect 87 million people.