Facebook's Scanning of User Messages Results in Lawsuit
For users, though, that is an empty promise, according to the lawsuit. "Contrary to its representations, 'private' Facebook messages are systematically intercepted by the Company in an effort to learn the contents of the users' communications," the lawsuit continues. "In the course of the last year, independent security researchers discovered that Facebook reviews the contents of its users' private Facebook messages for purposes unrelated to the facilitation of message transmission. When a user composes a Facebook message and includes a link to a third party website the Company scans the content of the Facebook message, follows the enclosed link, and searches for information to profile the message-sender’s web activity."