Facebook Cherishes Our Privacy so Much that it Scans Messages!
Sanitation on Facebook
There are codes of conduct for the Facebook community and the platform screens posts in order to see that none of them breaks the laid down codes.
The CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, affirmed that they practice the text scanning method when there is an interactive session. The scanning includes the screening of photos and links to stop the expansion of illegitimate and explicit materials.
Admins can go through your posts manually in case it’s marked to them. However, this process has raised worries on extensive privacy issues at this critical period of scandalous Cambridge Analytica collision.
The platform screens the body of posts being exchanged within the community via the Facebook app, preventing any unacceptable messages that may be against its guidelines. Facebook, which is still battling with the data-stealing saga concerning Cambridge Analytica, goes through photos and links to filter the ones with unacceptable or unlawful contents by using digitilized systems. Also, your posts may be marked for suspicious contents and admins get notified if they don’t follow the platform’s rules.
Although we can’t completely fault this arrangement because in reality, the reasons for doing this are genuine, yet users may still feel uneasy with this information when they try to imagine the amount of information Facebook knows about their privacy. This information is related to the recent secret that leaked out which showed that the company tampered with the personal information of not less than 50 million users unknowingly to aid Trump’s 2016 campaign through Cambridge Analytica. It was gathered that the stolen data served the purpose of getting supporters in America, on the grounds of emotional composition, while false promotions on politics were going viral.
In addition, there are more condemnation on Facebook for gathering years worth of information obtained from text and call records from users of Android. While answering questions in an interactive session via podcast anchored by Ezra Klein, the editor of a news agency, Zuckerberg agreed that such policy exists.
He also narrated an event where one of his workers from the Mountain View offices gave him a call and told him that the company’s systems just barred efforts to post implicating instant dispatch on the Messenger which was based on purging ethnicity in Myanmar. Zuckerberg explained that the platform was fast in identifying the true import of such broadcast and will always prevent these kinds of broadcasts from successfully spreading .
However, many are having mixed feelings and responses are flowing back and forth on the internet. Reports from other sources said that Messenger claims the scanned information gotten from users are not used to advertise.
Efforts to Keep Facebook Safe
Facebook also says that its systems use the same materials to block harassment in posts which exist all over the platform altogether. There is also the chance for members to mark suspicious messages for flagging if they see them as risky and against the community’s codes of conduct. After doing this, one team working for the smooth running of the platform will crosscheck the posts manually or allow an automated method to take such steps.
One of Facebook’s representatives in charge of its Messenger affirmed that the company places premium importance on helping its members to keep their messages as private as possible.
He further explained that the company ensures the security of its members through automated approaches which smoke out risky contents such as popular photos of a minor who is being abused or the threat of malware, and not humans, but computer systems do these things. The administrators don’t play or monitor the users’ calls, both audio and visuals, meaning that the screening is limited to only messages, says Zuckerberg.
Regardless of this assurance, users may still not believe the company, considering the ongoing data-collection case with FTC. Speaking on behalf of Facebook, one of its representatives explained that when users first log into their mobile phones to open a social network app or messenger, it’s normal that they’ll first fill in their phone numbers. Nonetheless, the representative says, this aspect of registration is not compulsory because the Messenger asks them if their intention is to provide their numbers through their mobiles, and this process is well-explained on individual apps at the beginner’s stage.
Facebook, in addition, says that there is a chance to opt out from the option of sending details and members have the opportunity to erase every registered contact through the settings when the automatic uploader is turned off on the Messenger.
It would be recalled that last month, Facebook paid for complete-page ads in nine most popular and widely-read newspapers across the United States and Europe in order to plead for forgiveness for its controversial involvement with Cambridge Analytica.
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