Facebook admits to scanning through all your messages on its app

Turns out Facebook's private messenger service ain't so private after all.

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has just admitted Facebook scans all the photos and links you send to people on its Messenger app to supposedly 'check they do not conflict with its community standards'.

The 33-year-old was discussing how the Messenger app had blocked content showing the alleged ethnic cleansing in Burma.

He said:

In that case, our systems detect what’s going on. We stop those messages from going through.

A Messenger spokeswoman said in a statement: 

For example, on Messenger, when you send a photo, our automated systems scan it using photo matching technology to detect known child exploitation imagery or when you send a link, we scan it for malware or viruses. Facebook designed these automated tools so we can rapidly stop abusive behaviour on our platform.

Meanwhile, Facebook said today that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been accidentally shared with a Trump-affiliated data mining firm, Cambridge Analytica.

The social media company has been hammered by investors and faces anger from users, advertisers and lawmakers after these recent and major privacy scandals.