Facebook and invading privacy – name a more iconic duo. In line with Bloomberg, the corporate has been paying many outside contractors to transcribe audio messages from Facebook messenger.
Contract workers said they were hearing users’ conversations, sometimes with vulgar
content, however don’t apprehend why Facebook desires them transcribed.
Facebook has confirmed it had been transcribing audio messages and said it’ll no longer do so, following scrutiny into other companies. The corporate proclaimed that “much like Apple and Google, we stopped human review of audio more than a week ago.”
The reason behind real people paying attention to personal conversations was to “check whether Facebook’s AI properly understood the messages”, raising the question why would the social media want to know what users are talking about.
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, has antecedently denied in front of U.S.A. Congress that his company was collecting audio from users to inform ads or facilitate verify what folks see in their news feeds, calling it “conspiracy theory” in a response to U.S.A. senator Gary Peters.
However, the corporate acknowledged it “only accesses users’ microphone if the user has given app permission and actively employing a specific feature that needs audio (that would be the mic button in your messenger chat).