Still Another Reason To #DeleteFacebook…. Facebook Messenger Scans Every Photo And Link That Is Sent

Facebook has confirmed something that CEO Mark Zuckerberg mentioned in a recent interview. Which is that Facebook scans each and every single link and image sent on its Messenger service, and even reads chats when they’re flagged to moderators, in order to make sure the content does not violate Facebook’s policies. Here are the details from Bloomberg:

The company told Bloomberg that while Messenger conversations are private, Facebook scans them and uses the same tools to prevent abuse there that it does on the social network more generally. All content must abide by the same “community standards.” People can report posts or messages for violating those standards, which would prompt a review by the company’s “community operations” team. Automated tools can also do the work.

I am sorry, but I might be missing something. How can conversations on Facebook Messenger be private if they’re scanned? I don’t care how the company spins this. It truly doesn’t pass the smell test. To me, that’s simply another reason to #DeleteFacebook.


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