Facebook admits that they are scanning their users. They are going all in scanning chats, images, links or anything that can be sent via Facebook’s Messenger.
Now you are asking yourself, why are they doing this. Well, the reason is simple, they want people to play by rules and avoid trouble.
The Big Reveal
This all came to light in a Vox interview conducted by Ezra Klein, where Mark Zuckerberg, supported his argument using the horrific events that took place in Myanmar.
He further said that the reading of such messages are scanned using special systems so they can be stopped from reaching the other end.
“I got a phone call and we detected that people were trying to spread sensational messages through — it was Facebook Messenger in this case — to each side of the conflict, basically telling the Muslims, “Hey, there’s about to be an uprising of the Buddhists, so make sure that you are armed and go to this place.” And then the same thing on the other side.
So that’s the kind of thing where I think it is clear that people were trying to use our tools in order to incite real harm. Now, in that case, our systems detect that that’s going on. We stop those messages from going through. But this is certainly something that we’re paying a lot of attention to.” – replies Zuckerberg in the Vox interview.
However, Bloomberg reveals that the blue social media club also monitors public content the same way it monitors private messages – going through all of this to prevent abuse.
This also means, that the comments or messages, that are marked, or go against the standards of Facebook’s policy, are taken down, or either blocked by the community members or automated tools.
“For example, on Messenger, when you send a photo, our automated systems scan it using photo matching technology to detect known child exploitation imagery or when you send a link, we scan it for malware or viruses. Facebook designed these automated tools so we can rapidly stop abusive behaviour on our platform,” reports Bloomberg.
Our Rights Our Privacy
This brings forth the question, should we stop using Facebook’s Messenger.
They are one of those applications that truly care about privacy and both of the software are open-source, meaning that you can check the code yourself and know how your information is being encrypted and sent.