Today, a story broke, claiming that
“FACEBOOK TO DECRYPT “SECURE” MESSAGES OVER CYBER-BULLYING ACCUSATIONS”
This appeared to originate on the InfoWars.com site. While that site has some interesting stuff and breaks some stories, it also over hypes much of it and posts an amazing amount of conspiracy theory stuff.
But, none of that is reason to automatically disbelieve this claim. But this is… the first paragraph of the story, explains it all. I hate facebook for many reasons, especially for its privacy violations, so I can’t believe I’m defending them on this, but this has been blown all out of proportion. Specifically…
“When you report a secret conversation, recent messages from that conversation will be decrypted and sent securely from your device to our Help Team for review,”
Facebook DOES NOT DECRYPT the secret messages!!!. YOU DO! And then you voluntarily SEND IT to facebook.
Now, that’s not to say that they don’t do other nefarious stuff, because they DO! But this is not one of them. The ONLY way Facebook can see the encrypted conversation is if someone in the conversation MAKES A CONSCIOUS CHOICE to send it to facebook. And that conversation is decrypted by that participant’s phone, NOT by facebook themselves.
So, step back, take a breath, and brow beat facebook for their many other privacy violations that actually do exist.
Disclaimer: If Facebook is decrypting messages, this InfoWars story’s first paragraph text refutes that, in spite of all the hype later.
Lawsuit claims Facebook illegally scanned private messages
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