By Mac Slavo
Facebook cannot seem to respect the privacy of anything. Although a certain level of privacy is a basic human right, Facebook has been paying contractors to secretly transcribe all of your conversations.
That’s according to third-party contractors who spoke to Bloomberg about the practice. The conversations were those recorded through the social media messaging app’s microphone. The contractors said that they were paid to listen in on countless, occasional vulgar conversations among Facebook Messenger users, though the company never explained to them why it needed the transcriptions. Facebook later told Bloomberg that the human transcriptions were being used to test the performance of its speech-recognizing artificial intelligence.
This is a troubling admission for a company quickly getting the reputation of one that regularly violates people’s privacy rights.
According to a report by Futurism, Facebook stopped the practice only last week. “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” the company said Tuesday. However, in numerous hearings in front of Congress, CEO Mark Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook only accessed people’s microphones …read more