Messenger was at the centre of a major privacy scandal in 2014 as documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed that British voyeur agency GCHQ was cheerfully hacking into users' Yahoo!

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Documents handed to the Guardian by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the GCHQ's worked with the US intelligence agency NSA on a joint project dubbed as ‘Optic Nerve’.

The project carried out a bulk surveillance program, under which they nabbed webcam images every five minutes from random Yahoo users' video chats and stored them in a database.

We even sent each other some 1990s-vintage smileys, just to be sure.

Meanwhile, in those parts of the world which haven't advanced, in IT terms, beyond the early 1990s, plenty of FUD about the “shutting down” of Yahoo!

is to kill off the desktop client for its once-popular instant messaging service Messenger today.

The Purple Palace said, back in June, that today would be the day when the desktop client for Messenger would be switched off. and British spy agencies intercepted and stored images from the webcams of millions of likely innocent Yahoo users, including “large quantities” of sexually explicit images, the Guardian reported Thursday -- a revelation the web giant described as “a whole new level of violation.” A secret program called Optic Nerve appears intended to collate a digital mugbook of sorts, snapping screenshots every 5 minutes or so from user feeds.More than 1.8 million user accounts from around the world were accessed in one six-month period alone."Face detection has the potential to aid selection of useful images for 'mugshots' or even for face recognition by assessing the angle of the face," it reads."The best images are ones where the person is facing the camera with their face upright." The GCHQ agency staffs were allowed to display "webcam images associated with similar Yahoo identifiers to your known target", the document reads, also it states “Bulk surveillance of Yahoo users was begun” as "Yahoo webcam is known to be used by GCHQ targets." Yahoo has reacted furiously and denied any prior knowledge of the webcam interception program, and said that it had no awareness of or involvement with the GCHQ collection, describing the activity as "a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy." And a GCHQ spokesman said in a statement, "It is a longstanding policy that we do not comment on intelligence matters.Once again, a new revelation showed the ugly side of the Government who are conducting Global Mass surveillance and previous documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden have defaced the US Intelligence Agency NSA, who were taking care of a number of projects like PRISM, XKeyscore, DROPOUTJEEP, and various others to carry out surveillance of millions of people.