Facebook, which has nearly two billion users, appears to be making some major changes to how much information it knows about its users.
The social media giant has long since been criticised for its data collection with many believing that it is intrusive and basically snooping on its users.
It now appears that founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is about to change this with a shift in Facebook privacy.
Last week Zuckerberg released a 6,000-word manifesto regarding the future of Facebook. One section focused on how its AI capabilities could be used to 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.”
An earlier draft appears to have been somewhat different and was seen by the Associated Press in which Zuckerberg wrote that, AI “may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all — including terrorists planning attacks using private channels”.
It is little secret that security forces have been concerned about private messages on social media sites such as WhatsApp and Facebook and the fact that they could be used by terrorist groups planning attacks. Facebook hasn’t commented on the removal; however, the wording suggests that that there will be a change in how they track their users.