Why Is Facebook Inspecting Your Private Videos?

In general, Facebook has some pretty decent copyright policies. If you upload content to Facebook and it’s removed because of a bogus takedown request, you can file a counter-notice via a form on Facebook’s website. If the claimant doesn’t take action against you in a federal court in 14 days, your content is restored. That’s how it’s supposed to work, and Facebook usually does it right. Unlike some platforms, it also doesn’t ding users as “repeat offenders” based on multiple phony claims.

But Facebook has recently introduced a new system for automatically recognizing copyright infringement in videos, and the way it works could raise a few eyebrows. In some circumstances, the new copyright bot actually requires Facebook users to share their private videos with a third party. While arguably well-intentioned, the system could threaten not only users’ free expression online, but also their privacy.


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