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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Facebook Taps User Data To Defend Network, Workers From Threat

Facebook gathers intelligence from its platform to identify people who threaten the firm or its workers, the social network said this week in response to media reports of the security tactic.

CNBC reported that it interviewed more than a dozen former Facebook security employees, some of whom questioned the ethics of what was portrayed as an unclearly defined practice at the leading social network.

Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison told AFP that the company’s physical security team exists to keep workers safe and that strict processes are in place to protect people’s privacy. “Any suggestion our on-site physical security team has overstepped is absolutely false,” Harrison said.



Facebook keeps a routinely updated list of people that members of its security team should “be on lookout” for due to threatening statements, according to CNBC.

The so-called “BOLO” list purportedly includes former employees whose actions at the social network came under scrutiny.

Facebook mines the social network for threats against the company or its workers, and its watch list can even feature photos of people, CNBC reported.

Facebook keeps a routinely updated list of people that members of its security team should “be on lookout” for due to threatening statements, according to CNBC.

In cases of credible threats of violence against an employee, Facebook uses publicly available data
and industry practices to determine how close someone behind a threat is to the worker or company offices, according to the social network.

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