Facebook’s New AI Technology can Understand Encrypted WhatsApp Messages, Company Admits


As you may already know, Facebook owns WhatsApp and Instagram, two of the most popular social networking platforms on the planet.

In a blog post published by the tech giant in regards to how it’s handling terrorism and spread of terrorist propaganda on its platforms, Facebook has confirmed that it is sharing WhatsApp and Instagram users’ data in a bid to shut the door for terrorism-related content from appearing on its site.

While this move is definitely for the good, it is bound to attract divided opinions among sections of the public that heavily rely on the two platforms. According to the American company, it’s now focusing on “cross-platform collaboration” in order to collect and analyze WhatsApp and Instagram users’ data because it doesn’t want “terrorists to have a place anywhere” in its family of apps.

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In this way, Facebook believes that it will be able to take action against any terrorist-related accounts on any of its platforms, be it WhatsApp or Instagram. The company notes that its family of apps collects “limited data as part of their service” and as such, it is indispensable to share the same data across the entire family as it looks to make the world a safer place.

One problem, though, is that this blog post doesn’t give out specific details of what “limited data” the company actually collects and shares from WhatsApp and Instagram, however, it further notes that its AI-based technology is able to understand the language used on the platforms as well as recognize images shared via these apps.

This is a strange admission from Facebook, especially since WhatsApp has often posed as one of the most secure applications thanks to its end-to-end encryption. Usually, this type of encryption would mean that no third party can access what two individuals are talking about via the app, be it text, images, videos, audio, or even calls. But as it turns out, the parent company’s AI techniques have the ability to understand these encrypted messages or simply put, Facebook’s new and upcoming technology can decrypt the allegedly encrypted messages and understand what two people are talking about.

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If this is indeed the case, then there’s possibly no privacy in using WhatsApp as claimed by the company itself. To make matters worse, the tech giant hasn’t been transparent enough to mention the type of data it collects and shares, but hopefully, this “limited data” being shared is actually limited to what is totally necessary.

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