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FALSE - 'New Facebook Messenger Alerts Police About Illegal Activity'


Outline

Message circulating on Facebook claims that the new Facebook messenger app automatically alerts police when it detects messages mentioning illegal activities. According to the message, 250 people have already been arrested as a result.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are untrue. The app is not automatically alerting police as claimed. The message comes from the satirical/entertainment blog 'Cream Bmp Daily'. None of the posts featured on the blog should be taken seriously.

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New Facebook Messenger Alerts Police When it Senses Illegal Activity in Messages - Over 250 Arrest So Far

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Detailed Analysis

Post Claims New Facebook Messenger Alerts Police to Illegal Activities

According to a post that is currently making its way around Facebook, the new Facebook Messenger app has the ability to alert police if it detects the mention of illegal activities in user messages.

The post links to a website article that claims that police automatically receive text alerts when Facebook Messenger senses something illegal mentioned in private messages. The article further claims that there have already been over 250 arrests as a direct result of the police text messages.

Claims Are False - Message Comes From Satire Blog

However, the claims in the article are untrue. The new Facebook Messenger is not trawling private messages and automatically texting police when it senses illegal activity.
In fact, the article is a satirical/entertainment post featured on the Cream Bmp Daily blog. None of the stories posted on the blog are true.  The site's About Page notes:

CreamBmp.com Written by comedian CREAM. This website is comprised of satire and parody of current news and urban culture. For entertainment purposes only.

The post apparently attempts to capitalize on widespread privacy concerns surrounding Facebook's new messenger application.

The bogus article is similar to another recent fake-news post that falsely claimed that Facebook is implementing a drug task force that will monitor all user messages posted on the network with a view to detecting and arresting people who buy and sell narcotics.

'Satire' Sites Increasing - Check Circulating 'News' Reports Before Sharing

While good satire can be both important and entertaining, the increase in number of supposedly satirical websites in recent years has caused considerable confusion among web users. Many of the sites present their fictional articles as official news stories and do not include clear disclaimers with the articles.

It is therefore important to check the veracity of any 'news' reports that come your way via social media. In most cases, a quick search of a news portal such as Google News should allow you to verify if a circulating story is true.




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Last updated: August 25, 2014
First published: August 25, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
New Facebook Messenger Alerts Police When It Senses Illegal Activity in Messages -- Over 250 Arrest So Far
The truth about Facebooks new Messenger App and its permissions
Cream Bmp Daily - About
FAKE-NEWS: 'Facebook Drug Task Force' to Monitor Facebook Posts
Identifying Fake-News Articles and Websites
Beware Escaped Satire