Facebook is making some sweeping changes lately—and why won’t they? They have been a massive letdown trust-wise, and the only way to get things back on track is by trying to rebuild our confidence. To start with, founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that Facebook scans the content of messages you send and receive on Messenger. Mr. Zuckerberg says his company does this in order to block any content that violates its policies.
Facebook, still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, admits that it checks conversation, images and links using automated systems, the Daily Mail reports. The social media giant takes a step further by allowing moderators read your conversations manually if it violates it community guidelines.
This latest revelation will no doubt cause great concern for users who are by the way still in shock over the uproar caused by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Nonetheless, there is no denying the fact that the company’s intention this time around is not to deliberately spy on users.
“Keeping your messages private is the priority for us,” a Facebook Messenger spokesman said in a statement made available to the Daily Mail. We protect the community with automated systems that detect things like known images of child exploitation and malware. This is not done by humans. We do not listen to your voice and video calls.”
On Wednesday, Facebook announced that its terms and conditions will now be clearer as against what they were before the recent scandal. It is therefore proposing updates to its terms of service, and calling is calling for feedbacks from users.
Some of the changes being put forward by the social networking giant include:
- New features and tools:We’re providing information on recently introduced features. Since we last updated our terms or data policy three years ago, you can now buy and sell items on Marketplace, start a fundraiser for a cause you care about, share Live and 360 video, and add creative effects to your photos.
- Personalized experience:Everyone’s experience on Facebook is unique, and we’re providing more information on how this works. We explain how we use data and why it’s needed to customize the posts and ads you see, as well as the Groups, friends and Pages we suggest.
- What we share:We will never sell your information to anyone. We have a responsibility to keep people’s information safe and secure, and we impose strict restrictions on how our partners can use and disclose data. We explain all of the circumstances where we share information and make our commitments to people more clear.
The company has promised to make public all documents that are related to the changes after users’ feedback has been taken into consideration.