Meta (formerly Facebook) announced that it has shed its own Facebook social platform as many as seven companies that reportedly dealt with “supervision for rent” and reportedly followed 50,000 people around the world. Bans went even further, affecting more than 1,000 accounts associated with these companies.
Out of concern for users, Meta banned seven companies / profiles on Facebook
Cobwebs, Cognyte, Black Cube, Bluehawk CI, BelltroX and Cytrox were on this infamous list. Only Black Cube responded to the blockade, whose spokesman said his company “does not undertake any phishing or hacking and does not operate in the cyberspace world.” In addition, Meta said it also identified an “unknown entity in China” that was “developing surveillance software” and was using facial recognition software. Facebook researchers did not identify those responsible, but revealed that the software was used by “national law enforcement agencies”.
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Companies hired to track others online often claim that their services and oversight were intended to focus on tracking criminals and terrorists. But our investigation and similar investigations have shown that they target journalists, dissidents, critics of authoritarian regimes, opposition families, and human rights activists
Meta security chief Nathaniel Gleicher said.
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If you are curious about what exactly the companies that “follow other people” do on Facebook, the answer will surprise you. They do exactly what your friends do, i.e. they watch your activity on the platform for their evil purposes. If you were on the list of approximately 50,000 people from a total of 100 countries that the banned companies were tracking, you will be informed accordingly.