Facebook sued over alleged private message ‘scanning’

Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users’ private messages.The lawsuit claims that when users share a link to another website via a private message, Facebook scans it to profile the sender’s web activity.It alleges that Facebook systematically intercepts messages to mine user data and profits by sharing it with data aggregators, advertisers and marketers.Facebook said the allegations were “without merit”.
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Facebook has been accused of intercepting private messages of its users to provide data to marketers, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court in California.The social networking company scanned plaintiffs’ private messages containing URLs (uniform resource locators) and searched the website identified in the URL for “purposes including but not limited to data mining and user profiling,” according to the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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