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Facebook is monitoring our messenger conversations, so don’t talk spicy

This has been one suspect Spring for Facebook.

The chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg is due to speak before US Congress on April 11 amidst the Cambridge Analytica data leak and FB users are becoming more aware of how much data is really being collected on them. 

Now, Mark Zuckerberg has admitted, in a Vox podcast with Ezra Klein, that FB has the ability to scan private messages. ¿Por qué?

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The infiltration of your privacy is actually for a good reason.

So there’s no cause to be shook, yet. Like the artificial intelligence FB uses to scan ‘cry for help’ posts to help prevent suicides, this FB messenger scanning tool should be looked at in the same way too.

A FB spokesperson told Bloomberg in a statement that the scanning tool is used to prevent abuse. The spokeswoman said,

“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 behavior on our platform.”

With this automated tool, Zuckerberg hopes to “prevent real-world harm” and “protect the integrity of civil discussions.” Basically, if a message is flagged as malicious or someone is reported for talking a little too spicy, that same message will be stopped from going through.

Zuckerberg told Vox’s Ezra Klein, “In that case, our systems detect what’s going on. We stop those messages from going through.”

It’s obvious that FB is paying attention and that Zuckerberg has the FB community’s best interest at heart. Peep Zuckerberg reflecting on the possibility of the Russians manipulating his social media platform to try and persuade us to vote for Trump…

At the end of the day, what are you really going to do about it, delete your FB?

You’re not unless you really want to be trapped in your own private world. Low key, you couldn’t even stop yourself from giving up your personal information if you tried.

FB and all other forms of social media are like a drug and we can’t help but sell our souls.