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Facebook employees alerted to “improper communication”


Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, July 13, 2012

Citing the need to watch for potential sex offenders, Facebook is using software that tracks private conversations for suspicious behavior and keywords before alerting Facebook employees who then decide whether to pass the information on to police.

The revelation was divulged during a Reuters interview with the social networking giant’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan.

Despite the article acknowledging the fact that Internet-related sex crimes against children are on the decrease, the story cites a barrage of cases where children have been groomed online before revealing that Facebook “users could be unnerved about the extent to which their conversations are reviewed, at least by computer programs.”

The software used by Facebook to monitor conversations works by searching “for improper communication” and analyzing “patterns of behavior.”

Words or phrases considered vulgar or an attempt to exchange personal information are red flagged and brought to the attention of Facebook employees, who then decide whether the content is worthy of being brought to the attention of law enforcement.

Too many messages sent without response also sets off an alarm that characterizes the content as suspicious.

The article does not divulge whether or not archives of chat records are stored and for what length of time, but adds that similar software is used by other social networking websites.

On its website, Facebook acknowledges that it shares information about users even in the absence of a court order or other legal request.

“We may also share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm, or to protect ourselves and you from people violating our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, courts or other government entities.”

Facebook has been caught in a number of privacy controversies in recent years.

Back in February, the company angrily denied a report by the Sunday Times which claimed Facebook was secretly reading texts sent by users of its Android app.

The U.S. government is actively involved in soliciting information from Facebook. Last month, the State Department issued a procurement request seeking tools that can provide “deep analysis of topics, conversations, networks, and influencers of the global social web.”

Privacy advocates like Wikileaks’ Julian Assange have repeatedly warned that social networks like Facebook and Twitter are little more than huge spying databases used by intelligence agencies to glean personal information.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

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Comment by Nikki on July 15, 2012 at 11:41am
Comment by Nikki on July 15, 2012 at 12:35am

@Amy, I know you wouldn't do those stupid things but many do every day.  The point is someone is always watching.  Many have lost their jobs or been denied employment for things they say on FB and I don't mean the obvious dumb stuff. Some are denied employment simply if they are considered 'too political', maybe just liking a political group or dissing Obama. When you fill out an employment application, you have to agree to them running a full check on you including social media (another invasion of your privacy).

Comment by Carla Dimitriou on July 14, 2012 at 5:59pm

Amy makes an excellent point. This is a scary planet no matter where you live. By demonstrating that we/you are wide awake and no longer being fooled it will make it easier for others to wake up. That doesn't mean that I won't pick my battles. As this empire collapses we'll all have ample opportunities to see the stuff we're made of.

Comment by Nikki on July 14, 2012 at 12:09pm

@Amy, there is no expectation of freedom of speech on any social network. When you join you must accept their Terms of Service.  If you fail to read them, the joke is on you. But hey, you're right, lots of people believe in freedom of speech and it costs them dearly. Examples: 1)bragging about robbing the corner store and wondering how the cops found you; 2) posting photos of yourself playing tennis while you're on disability and then wondering why you lost your benefits; 3) bragging about your vacation and then coming home to find your home burglarized. I could go on and on but you probably get the idea.

Comment by Bob Bishop on July 14, 2012 at 7:09am

YouTube has been doing this for well over a year and let me tell you it is a pain in the ---, not just for the higher-ideal reasons but just from a practice standpoint. Maybe you folks are too young or have never lived in the out in the sticks but it is a party-line without the party. 

Comment by Nikki on July 13, 2012 at 3:40pm

There's a lot of fools that will say the most inappropriate chit on FB and the rest are naive simpletons who refuse to believe that FB is monitoring their posts and chats.

Comment by Carla Dimitriou on July 13, 2012 at 1:38pm

I would wager that vocabulary befitting anti-zionist ideals tops the list over child porn. I "liked" a Pro-Palestinian site and instantly received two phony friend requests whose profiles were salted with stridently provocative language. You know, the kind of language "terrorists" would use. Even without facebook, we've already reached the point of government surveillance where using a phrase like, "resisting the new world order," puts one on a shit list. If you insist on being hacked and followed try spending some time researching "holocaust denial." I was curious about the Ernst Zundel case some years ago and found myself on a page that ultimately led me to the black screen of death on my computer and that was pre-Zuckerberg.

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