Gato May 29, 2020 6:55 AM

If Facebook’s other attempts in this area are any indication, it will be a dismal failure. Their machine learning (I refuse to call it AI) can’t even locate and shut down fraudsters openly congregating and discussing fraud when they can read the actual message contents. It is a pipe dream to think they can do so with only metadata. Machine learning is decades away from being able to do this. So long as facebook tries to police billions of humans with a few thousands of human moderators and ineffective machine learing “big data” tools the result will continue to be failure.

Name May 29, 2020 7:12 AM

I mean,
how will this not be abused the same way Google has suppressed cryptocurrencies? Fraud and child abuse sounds so fishy in itself. “Oh please, wont somebody think of the children?”

Patrick Hutton May 30, 2020 5:49 PM

Judging by Facebook’s announcement metadata isn’t being encrypted. No doubt it’ll have a convenient message backup in clear text too.

Not great security.

meta June 1, 2020 10:58 PM

Bruce, that’s a misleading title/headline!
“Facebook Announces Messenger Security Features that Don’t Compromise Privacy”
but metadata compomises privacy, should the title should be something like
“Facebook Analysing Messenger Metadata; Says It Will Help Users Stay Safe”
Presumably it’s getting a lot of information from the metadata, and has now announced an intention to share just some of this with users.

Contrast this with Signal’s approach, minimising availability of such metadata to the service:

Mark June 2, 2020 9:02 PM

You know which adults “send messages or friend requests to a large number of minors”?


I predict that if this ever gets rolled out, there’ll be a huge uproar over Facebook falsely accusing people of being child molesters.

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