Facebook is a social media phenomenon. There are millions of Facebook users around the world. It’s safe to say most of those users are feeling a little abused by the social media giant these days. When the Cambridge Analytica debacle surfaced, Facebook users realized they were guinea pigs for Mark Zuckerberg’s experiment to sell data to companies that needed information to promote their products and political services. Instead of being a way to communicate and share information with friends and loved ones, Facebook turned into an alleged capitalistic exercise in how to fleece the public out of personal information without their knowledge. Now that the world knows what Zuckerberg and the other Facebook gods are really up to, the backlash from people around the world continues to smack Facebook in its red face.
But the Facebook saga of sharing information without permission is just one part of the Facebook plan. Facebook recently said they delete messages Mark Zuckerberg sends on the Messenger platform because of the 2014 Sony Pictures hack. The company says they want to protect their executive communications, and the company is in full compliance with their legal obligations. Facebook never told their users about deleting Zuckerberg messages. According to Facebook rules, messages can’t be deleted by users.
According to The Verge, deleting Zuckerberg messages does look shady to Facebook users. The deletions seem to be a way to cover up embarrassing Zuckerberg messages. Zuckerberg has a reputation for making some crude statements like calling Facebook users “Dumb F**ks” for trusting him when Facebook was a new venture. And in 2004, Zuckerberg allegedly hacked into a Facebook user’s account.
Zuckerberg is on the political hot seat now, and it’s not just American lawmakers that want a piece of the Harvard graduate. The U.K., Russia, Australia, and lawmakers in other countries want answers from the social marketing guru. But according to recent reports, Zuckerberg will only answer questions from U.S. lawmakers. Zuckerberg and his Facebook team are in damage control mode, so it’s going to take time to find out what’s really been going on in the Facebook offices. Facebook is reducing the amount of data it collects, but that may be too little too late to keep Zuckerberg and Facebook out of the shady character category.