Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is reportedly working on a back-door content-scanner for WhatsApp, tantamount to a wiretapping algorithm. If the reports are correct, Facebook will scan your messages before you send them and report anything suspicious.
It’s a huge violation of privacy and renders WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption pointless.
Facebook will do the same thing with its new currency, Libra, scanning transactions through the Calibra wallet. Facebook is building a mass-surveillance currency and we should push back with force.
Get off WhatsApp.
“Facebook announced earlier this year preliminary results from its efforts to move a global mass surveillance infrastructure directly onto users’ devices where it can bypass the protections of end-to-end encryption.” https://t.co/uj5czJUgBA
— Paul Shetler (@paul_shetler) July 28, 2019
Zuckerberg’s WhatsApp wire-tapping
According to a Forbes report, Facebook is experimenting with a blacklist filter and content-scanner for WhatsApp. The algorithm would read messages before they are sent and detect suspicious activity.
“[It] will include embedded content moderation and blacklist filtering algorithms… will run locally on the user’s device, scanning each cleartext message before it is sent and each encrypted message after it is decrypted.”
If anything suspicious is found, your message will be sent to Facebook central servers for further investigation.