Listen in adult chat
The new tidbit about the company's monitoring system comes from a Reuters interview with Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan.
Here's the lead-in to the Reuters story: A man in his early 30s was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old South Florida girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day.
Facebook has added sleuthing to its array of data-mining capabilities, scanning your posts and chats for criminal activity.
If the social-networking giant detects suspicious behavior, it flags the content and determines if further steps, such as informing the police, are required.
The scanning program looks for certain phrases found in previously obtained chat records from criminals, including sexual predators (because of the Reuters story, we know of at least one alleged child predator who is being brought before the courts as a direct result of Facebook's chat scanning).
B: I was thinking something chocolate, everyone likes chocolate. One of my children, by school age, needed a separate chat later about not joining adult conversations unless invited.Lifeline Crisis Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in partnersip with CONTACT USA.It is the first service of its kind where crisis centers across the United States have joined together to form one national chat network that can provide online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services.Facebook's extensive but little-discussed technology for scanning postings and chats for criminal activity automatically flagged the conversation for employees, who read it and quickly called police.Officers took control of the teenager's computer and arrested the man the next day.