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Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users' private messages.
The lawsuit claims that when users share a link to another website via a private message, Facebook scans it to profile the sender's web activity.
It alleges that Facebook systematically intercepts messages to mine user data and profits by sharing it with data aggregators, advertisers and marketers.
Facebook said the allegations were "without merit".Facebook Sued For Alleged Private Message Monitoring and Data Mining [bbc.co.uk]
Facebook scans it to profile the sender's web activity.
Facebook allows its users to send links to interesting web content to other Facebook users. Part of how this works on the Facebook system involves the temporary display of certain images or details related to the web content, such as the title of the webpage or the embed tag of a video. Our system retrieves this information only after a user provides us with a link.