Facebook to only run verified political ads ahead of elections in Pakistan

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However, the revelation that Facebook had been secretly deleting the messages has sparked uproar among users, many of whom are still reeling following the privacy scandal involving British firm Cambridge Analytica. Those ads targeted Facebook users on hot-button subjects including gun rights, gay rights, religion and presidential candidates Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Sandberg's remarks come days before Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before Congress next week amidst the fallout from the data scandal.

It is now broadening its investigation by joining the B.C. privacy czar's probe of Victoria-based firm AggregateIQ, which began late a year ago, to determine whether the company broke privacy laws.

Facebook has been facing significant user backlash over the last few months mostly due to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco that saw data on millions of Facebook users stolen.

According to the Washington Post reports, all the 2.2 billion Facebook users on Monday will get a notification on their newsfeeds titled "Protecting Your Information", with a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps.

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At present, Facebook Messenger offers a Secret Conversation mode where you can enable a self-destruct timer to delete all of your messages after a specified time. "AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates". We will now be making a broader delete message feature available.

Facebook on Friday announced new moves it says will help combat foreign interference in United States elections, the New York Times reports.

Facebook says page administrators and advertisers will be asked to provide a government-issued ID for verification.

Facebook users who used the app shared information about their Facebook friends in the process, resulting in the data of people being collected. To most people, this seemed like a power used exclusively to remove damaging evidence, but Facebook is claiming they have been working on this feature for all users. "Mark (Zuckerberg) is really sorry for that, and what we're doing now is taking really firm action".