Privacy over the internet and especially in has come under question after the Cambridge Analytica scandal – where the personal information of approximately 2 billion users was leaked by the largest social media network, Facebook.
It has opened avenues of discussion regarding how safe and secure are you over the internet, or specifically how private your ‘private information’ actually is. In another blow, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that Messenger app scans our conversations.
In an interview released earlier this week, Mark admitted that personal conversations aren’t really personal and facebook reads all the chats through automated tools to moderators. As an explanation, he said that this is done to ensure users are abiding by company’s rules and regulations.
Not Just Governments but also private companies are accessing private lives of people. #Facebook scans the links and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger, and reads chats when they’re flagged to moderators.
— Haroon Haider (@haroonhaider) April 4, 2018
In another shocking revelations to what is being regarded as the ‘Facebook’s toughest year’, Mark appeared on the Ezra Klein’s show talking about what went down, how the recent events have impacted his vision for his brand and above all, does the recent issues reflect that it has become too big to be managed?
Mark said that that the purpose of scanning messenger conversations is to prevent the abuse and maintaining community standards. He narrated an incident from Myanmar crisis, saying that sensationalized messages were being sent across Facebook to worsen the Rohingya-Buddist clashes. He said he had to intervene.
CEO added: “In that case, our systems detect what’s going on, we stop those messages from going through.”
Another Facebook Messenger spokeswomen said in a statement:
“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.” (Source: Techjuice.pk)
Without questioning the principle behind it, it does raise questions about privacy and how the users are being manipulated through these exploitive policies.
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