Meta Finally Bans Surveillance-for-hire Firms From Targeting Users On It’s Platform
Facebook owned Meta has Disclosed that it has banned seven surveillance companies for targeting users on its platforms.
A new report by Meta says about 50,000 users will receive warnings about the “malicious activities”.
It also accused surveillance firms of actions like creating fake accounts, befriending targets and using hacking methods to harvest information.
The company accused the companies of targeting individuals including journalists and human rights activists.
The surveillance industry is much bigger than just one company, and it’s much bigger than just malware-for-hire,” Nathaniel Gleicher, head of security policy for Meta, said of the new report.
Initially, Facebook investigators had discovered that that the targeting was “indiscriminate” as ordinary members of the public as well as high-profile figures like politicians and human rights advocates were seen as possible targets.