Facebook looks set to change up its privacy controls
Facebook may be about to make some important changes to how much it knows about its users.
The social media giant, which has nearly two billion users worldwide, had come in for criticism multiple times in the past for intrusive data collection and snooping on some of its customers.
But now it seems that CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg may be about to change this with a new outlook on Facebook privacy.
Zuckerberg this week released a mammoth 6,000-word manifesto about the future of Facebook, outlining his view on how the site should situate itself in the world today and going forward.
One part of the document focused on how the company’s artificial intelligence capabilities could be used to help detect propaganda from extremist or terrorist groups.
Zuckerberg wrote, "Right now, we're starting to explore ways to use AI to tell the difference between news stories about terrorism and actual terrorist propaganda so we can quickly remove anyone trying to use our services to recruit for a terrorist organisation.”
However, it seems that the first draft of the post featured some dramatically different wording.
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An earlier version, which was shared with news outlets prior to publication, saw Zuckerberg expand further on this area in some slightly creepier ways.
In the earlier draft, seen by the Associated Press, Zuckerberg wrote that, AI, “may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all — including terrorists planning attacks using private channels”.
Police and national protection forces around the world have warned multiple times in the past about the dangers of terrorist groups planning attacks via private messages on social media sites such as WhatsApp and Facebook.
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Facebook has yet to comment on the removal, but the wording of the statement would seem to suggest a change in how the site keeps track on its users.
The company has also come under fire for changes it made to WhatsApp, which it acquired several years back.
Facebook caused controversy last summer when it announced it was planning to use information from its WhatsApp messenger to influence the advertisements displayed on your News Feed.