Criminal activity is now being monitored by Facebook.
Posts are now being monitored by a tool which uses data-mining techniques to scan interaction between users who have become friends recently. Users who have a big age gap and no mutual friends are also closely monitored.
The content is only reviewed when it has been flagged up by users and the police can be notified if needed.
“We’ve never wanted to set up an environment where we have employees looking at private communications, so it’s really important that we use technology that has a very low false-positive rate,” Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan said in a statement.
But the question that everyone’s asking is should social networks like Facebook have the right to monitor our posts? Does this mean we need to start thinking twice about what we say over the internet?
Earlier this year, a 21-year-old man from Swansea was arrested for making racist remarks on Twitter relating to Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba.
Police forces throughout the UK regularly take action against those who post racially offensive remarks on Twitter.
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