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Facebook Uses Its Apps To Track Users Who Threaten Its Workers

CALIFORNIA: Facebook keeps a routinely updated list of people that members of its security team should “be on lookout” for due to threatening statements.

Facebook gathers intelligence from its platform to identify people who threaten the firm or its workers, the social network said Thursday in response to media reports of the security tactic.

International media reported that it interviewed more than a dozen former Facebook security employees, some of whom questioned the ethics of what was portrayed as an unclearly defined practice at the leading social network.

Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison told that the company’s physical security team exists to keep workers safe and that strict processes are in place to protect people’s privacy.

“Any suggestion our on-site physical security team has overstepped is absolutely false,” Harrison said.

“They use industry-standard measures to assess and address credible threats of violence against our employees and our company, and refer these threats to law enforcement when necessary.”

Facebook keeps a routinely updated list of people that members of its security team should “be on lookout” for due to threatening statements, according to reports.

The so-called “BOLO” list purportedly includes former employees whose actions at the social network came under scrutiny.