|Facebook Warns Against Government Spies
By: Jessica Cherok
Facebook has announced it has your back when it comes to the government spying on you.
In a blog post this week, Facebook's Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos, announced that the social media giant would let you know when it suspected your account had been targeted by a government or someone acting on a government's behalf.
The security of people's accounts is paramount at Facebook, which is why we constantly monitor for potentially malicious activity and offer many options to proactively secure your account. Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state.
When asked if this included U.S. government agencies, Facebook Security replied, "This feature is not specific to — or excluded from — any particular government."
While we have always taken steps to secure accounts that we believe to have been compromised, we decided to show this additional warning if we have a strong suspicion that an attack could be government-sponsored. We do this because these types of attacks tend to be more advanced and dangerous than others, and we strongly encourage affected people to take the actions necessary to secure all of their online accounts.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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