Facebook has a team of employees who read your private messages if they have been flagged by an automated tool. The tool searches for content that appears to violate their terms of service, namely malicious (infected) URLs or child pornography. It’s imperfect, of course — that’s where humans come in, According to BuzzFeed.
If a private message is flagged, actual people will jump in and read it. If there is something that could be illegal — particularly regarding child exploitation — those people contact law enforcement. The intent here is clear and defensible, yet the fact remains: All that stands between your “private” messages and the eyes of a stranger is the snap judgment of an algorithm, BuzzFeed adds.
It’s not just Facebook. Dating site OkCupid has humans read private messages that have been flagged by its users.Twitter doesn’t monitor direct messages either through automated tools or humans.