It’s a real dilemma. On one hand, loudmouths like us hammer Facebook whenever privacy concerns pop up. And rightly so—Facebook and other social services hold a massive amount of our private data, and often seem to forget how violated they can make us feel. No one wants Facebook employees reading their chat transcripts if it’s not necessary.
But public sentiment bends and warps when it comes to child predators, because there are genuine horrors out there. Would we be OK with Facebook reading through millions more innocent-but-idiotic cybersex transcripts between college kids or sad adults if it bumped that hypothetical figure to 5-in-10? 8-in-10? It’s hard to say.