Facebook Updated Its Platform Policy From Using Data For Surveillance

Facebook updates its policy on data for surveillance. Tech giant, Facebook started banning developers from using its data for surveillance.

“Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance,'” Rob Sherman, deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook, said.

American Civil Liberties Union urged the social media company to change its platform policy after some urging Facebook has updated its platform policy to make it more straightforward than before how the restriction is in effect.

The ACLU, Facebook, And The Surveillance Tool Geofeedia

Geofeedia, a surveillance tool used by police to acquire data from not only Facebook but also from Twitter and Instagram a report by ACLU in October 2016.

The ACLU attention all companies to take measure’s that will ensure anything similar to the incident won’t happen again.

As a result, Facebook has updated its policy to comply, saying that it has worked with the ACLU, Color Of Change, and the Center for Media Justice to implement the policy update.

Vice President and General Manager Of Data and Enterprise Solution at Twitter, Chris Moody addressed the issue back in November 2016, and clearly stated that “Using Twitter’s Public APIs or data products to track or profile protesters and activists is absolutely unacceptable and prohibited,”

Putting The Surveillance Issue

“When technology companies allow their platforms and devices to be used to conduct mass surveillance of activists and other targeted communities, it chills democratic dissent and gives authoritarianism a license to thrive,” the group said, applauding Facebook for the policy update.

The actual need for changing Facebook policy is that developers get access to public feeds which are mainly used to keep tracks of trends and events. However, one developer took advantage of the public feeds, creating surveillance tools targeted at protesters.

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