Facebook has been rolling out loads of updates across its apps and services recently. This is not coming as a surprise considering the widespread criticism that greeted the recent Cambridge Analytical data scandal. The latest change made by Facebook is one that affects its messaging app, Messenger. In a Newsroom post on Tuesday, the company announced that it has now added an easier way for users to report violations.
Users, according to Facebook, will now be able to report conversation without exiting the Messenger app. Product manager Hadi Michel said that Facebook’s reporting tool can now be accessed directly via the Messenger app on Android and iOS. Recall that before this announcement, users could only report content via Messenger on the web or Facebook.
To access the reporting tool directly from Messenger conversation on either iOS or Android:
- Tapping the name of the person or group with whom you’re having a conversation.
- Scroll to Something’s Wrong
- Select from several categories such as harassment, hate speech, or pretending to be someone else.
You have an option to either ignore or block the person you are reporting. However, a confirmation of a successfully submitted report will be sent to you by Facebook once you are done.
Earlier in the week, Facebook came down heavily on around 200 apps for misusing user data. Recall that the social media behemoth had promised to conduct a full-scale investigation into the recent Cambridge Analytical data scandal. The scandal you would recall sept through the internet like a tornado; but Facebook had since been making some sweeping changes.
VP of product partnerships, Ime Archibong announced on Monday that the suspension of the apps was in keeping with the promise the social media behemoth made to investigate all the apps that had access to the network pre-2014 before it changed its policies. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had promised that his company would audit individual apps and would not hesitate to ban any app that failed an audit.
Last month, Mark Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook scans the content of messages you send and receive on Messenger. Mr. Zuckerberg said his company does this in order to block any content that violates its policies.
Facebook admits that it checks conversation, images and links using automated system. The social media giant takes a step further by allowing moderators read your conversations manually if it violates it community guidelines.
The revelation no doubt caused great concern for users who by the way are 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.