Facebook scans the photos and links you send on Messenger

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  • Thursday, 05 Apr 2018

(FILES)This file photo illustration taken on March 23, 2018 shows Facebook logos on a computer screen in Beijing. A US consumer protection agency said March 26, 2018 it has opened an investigation into Facebook for potentially failing to live up to its promises on privacy and possible violations of a consent decree.The Federal Trade Commission confirmed news reports from last week that it had opened an inquiry over the harvesting of Facebook data on tens of millions users of the social network by the British consulting group Cambridge Analytica. / AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI

Facebook Inc scans the links and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger, and reads chats when they’re flagged to moderators, making sure the content abides by the company’s rules. If it doesn’t, it gets blocked or taken down. 

The company confirmed the practice after an interview published earlier this week with chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg raised questions about Messenger’s practices and privacy. Zuckerberg told Vox’s Ezra Klein a story about receiving a phone call related to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Facebook had detected people trying to send sensational messages through the Messenger app, he said. 

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