"And her response was, 'Well, they told us that they deleted it, ' which seems. a pretty weak defense, and unfortunately that's not going to be enough for lawmakers".
The social network said it deleted the messages for security reasons in wake of the 2014 Sony hack.
The fallout has been all sorts of hairy for Facebook: for one thing, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is on its tail, investigating how the company let all those users' data wind up with CA ... a data analytics firm whose secret influence-voters-with-psychographic-voodoo sauce was recently, allegedly discovered open to all on the internet. "These included limiting the retention period for Mark's messages in Messenger".
Global News has reached out to AIQ for comment, but in a previous statement the company said it has worked "in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where we operate".
That said, the company spokesperson did not reveal whose messages, in particular, had been deleted.
Those who manage large Facebook pages will face tougher scrutiny, too, for the ads they run, Zuckerberg says.
This news comes after a Patient care data controversy.
Earlier this week, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on behalf of the city's pension funds and called for changes to Facebook's board, including bringing in new board members and an independent chairman.
On April 4th, Bloomberg reported Facebook evaluate links and images as part of their content moderation practices.
According to EU Commission spokesman Christian Wigand, Facebook said that up to 2.7 million citizens may have had their data breached.
Several Wall Street analysts said the falls presented a good opportunity to buy into the social network's previously high-flying shares, although they cautioned that much will still depend on Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress next week. "We did not follow up and confirm, and that's on us - and particularly once they were active in the election, we should have done that".
In an interview on Thursday with Bloomberg television where she apologized for the handling of the data issue, Sandberg said "a few advertisers" had paused their spending.
The scandal has hit Facebook hard, including spurring a #DeleteFacebook trend that gained momentum after high-profile celebrities and companies, from actor Will Ferrel to electric carmaker Tesla, shut down their accounts.
Sandberg, like CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has been doing a media apology tour for the company's failings.
A top Facebook privacy official is scheduled to meet with the authority later this month.
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