Mark Zuckerberg has admitted publicly that Facebook scans the content of all your private Messenger texts.
Facebook checks the messages to make sure that they are according to the standards of the community.
Facebook scans the contents of the messages that people send to each other and the Messenger app blocks any of the message that is not according to the guidelines.
Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed this policy of scanning the content of the messages during a podcast interview with Vox’s editor at large Ezra Klein.
Mark Zuckerberg has told his host an incident in Myanmar. He said that Facebook systems detected the discussions related to civil conflicts in Myanmar.
The systems blocked the attempt to send the sensational Messenger instant messages about ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.
“In that case, our systems detect what’s going on. We stop those messages from going through,” Mark Zuckerberg said according to The Independent.
However, this new information comes on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica data leak which has raised many questions and concerns about the privacy and safety of the personal information on the social media platform.
In March, the news came out that UK-based political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, managed to obtain the data for 50 million FB users without the users’ knowledge or permission according to the Newshub.
Cambridge Analytica profited from a feature that meant apps could ask for the permission to access your data and your FB friends.
This was designed to aid them make a software that can predict and affect the voters’ choices at the ballot box according to the Daily Mail.
Mark has admitted around the same time that his company has done mistakes and outlined his plans to rebuild the trust with the users.
However, Facebook’s policy of scanning the content of the Messenger texts can be a good step towards controlling the online abuse and circulation of many harmful texts in today’s digital world as FB’s systems detect all the chats; so it’s better to be careful, especially all the online abusers.
Nonetheless, some people do take it as invading the privacy as scanning and checking someone’s private messages is to violate the boundaries of privacy.