Employees of Facebook benefit from a “Sauron alert,” which notifies them when other colleagues access their personal profiles. don’t be so excited as you’re not going to enjoy this feature unless you are an employee of Facebook.
As reported by Wall Street Journal, the tool was originally called the “Sauron alert,” which sounds a little bit evil. So the name was changed to the more harmless “Security Watchdog” in 2015.
According to the report, Facebook has an exclusive group of security employees, who can access any users profile, even private messages.
The report says:
“Employees with such permission can access others’ accounts to diagnose technical errors, test new features or investigate possible criminal behavior in response to a legal request, according to Facebook officials and former employees.
When using the internal software, Facebook employees must give a legitimate reason for accessing the profile; the explanations are read by managers later. It is considered best to have written permission, former employees said.
Multiple Facebook employees have been fired for improperly accessing user profiles over the years, according to former employees.”
Currently, users (not employees of Facebook) only get notices of unusual login behavior. Although the company said that it wanted to roll out the tool worldwide, it expressed concern about those alleged people who might be under investigation. As Facebook is already facing a lot of rage because of the data scandal, this double standard may not make the rest of the users happy.