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Facebook confirms it spies on your private Messenger conversations

Staff Writer |
Facebook revealed this week that it’s scanning users’ Messenger conversations including text chats, pictures, and links.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg first admitted that in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, in which he brought up an incident surrounding ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, and explained that the company’s systems “detect what’s going on” when people try to send sensational messages via Messenger, and Facebook “stops those message from going through.”

The company told Bloomberg that it analyzes Messenger conversations the same way it does with public content on the social network, with a view to prevent abuse.

Messages that are flagged for violating Facebook’s community standards are read by moderators, who can then block or take them down if needed.

The revelation will irk many users of the platform who may have previously believed that Messenger was truly private.


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