After WhatsApp, unsend your messages on Facebook Messenger soon

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"And people using our secret message feature in the encrypted version of Messenger have the ability to set a timer - and have their messages automatically deleted", a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying in the report.

The company was responding to an earlier letter that Jourova sent to the social media platform on 23 March, in which she demanded explanations about its knowledge of Cambridge Analytica's alleged harvesting of up to 87 million Facebook users' profiles for its work on political campaigns.

Facebook said it had suspended AggregateIQ pending further investigation.

Currently, users can only delete messages from their own inboxes which will still show up in the recipient's thread.

"In light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with [Cambridge Analytica parent company] SCL and may, as a result, have improperly received FB user data, we have added them to the list of entities we have suspended from our platform while we investigate", Reuters reported Facebook as saying. Until the Unsend feature is released for everyone, Facebook says it won't unsend or retract any more of Zuckerberg's messages. This may take some time.

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Well, what's worth noting is that normal users don't have any such functionality to retract sent messages from recipients' inboxes, which is what has infuriated a lot of users. Imagine you want to report harassment, only to find out the culprit deleted their messages and you no longer have any proof.

As the statement makes clear, it is not known quite when the "unsend" or "delete message" feature will be made available to everyone, and the claim that Facebook will not delete its own executives' messages is something that will be very hard to monitor. "We should have done this sooner - and we're sorry that we did not", a Facebook spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement.

This act of deleting messages without the users consent can possibly go against Facebook's terms of service. It's only for mortals like you and me.

At least 59,777 South African users were potentially impacted by the Facebook, Cambridge Analityica data breach. After all, no one would look like to wake up to seeing their Messenger inbox having a missing conversation because the folks over at Menlo Park chose to delete it without user consent.

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