• Surprise, surprise: Facebook contractors listened in on Messenger audio clips

    3 days ago - By Pocket-lint

    Similar to Microsoft, Facebook has been caught hiring third-party contractors to listen in on audio clips of its users. According to Bloomberg, Facebook hired third-party contractors to review and transcribe audio of users, though Facebook is now saying it stopped using those human workers "a week ago". They were hired to check whether conversations were being correctly transcribed in the Messenger app. What's happening? For the past four years, Facebook Messenger has offered a voice-to-text transcription feature. Although turned off by default, Facebook users who had opted into the...
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  • Facebook contractors listened to users' voice chats, says report

    Facebook contractors listened to users' voice chats, says report

    3 days ago - By MobileSyrup

    In a report, Bloomberg claims Facebook recruited human contractors to transcribe users' voice chats on the Messenger app to check the interpretation accuracy of the company's artificial intelligence. Facebook then confirmed to the press that it had ceased the exercise. The company emphasized they had only reviewed audio samples from Messenger users who agreed to participate in an opt-in program launched in 2015. However, Bloomberg says that Facebook's current data-use policy failed to clearly inform its users that third parties might listen to their audio files. Meanwhile, the social media...
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  • Facebook paid people to listen to and transcribe your voice clips

    Facebook paid people to listen to and transcribe your voice clips

    3 days ago - By The Next Web

    Facebook doesn't need any more bad press, but here we go again. According to a report by Bloomberg the company has paid “hundreds” of contractors to transcribe audio snippets from your conversations within its services - without making it sufficiently clear these clips were being recorded. The employees interviewed by Bloomberg say they do not know where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained - it's not clear which of Facebook apps they came from, but they sometimes included “vulgar content.” Facebook confirmed to Bloomberg it had stopped transcribing audio “more than a week ago,”...
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  • Facebook has been using contractors to transcribe Messenger voice chats

    Facebook has been using contractors to transcribe Messenger voice chats

    3 days ago - By Windows Central

    How. Does. This. Keep. Happening.
    What you need to know
    A report indicates that Facebook was paying third parties to transcribe Messenger audio conversations.
    The conversations were anonymous and often "vulgar."
    Facebook says it has since stopped this human review process.
    Were you sitting there to yourself and thinking, "Gee, it's been too long since Facebook screwed up?" Me neither, but that's exactly what's happened. Again. According to a report from Bloomberg , Facebook has been paying hundreds of third-party contractors to listen to and transcribe audio conversations from Facebook...
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  • Facebook joins Google, Apple and Microsoft in voice recording controversy

    Facebook joins Google, Apple and Microsoft in voice recording controversy

    3 days ago - By WMPoweruser

    Google, Apple and Microsoft have come under fire recently for sharing user's audio clips to third party contractors without proper disclosure. Now, Facebook is joining them. Bloomberg reports that the firm has been paying ” hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, according to people with knowledge of...
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  • Facebook also hired human contractors to listen to audio from its Messenger app

    Facebook also hired human contractors to listen to audio from its Messenger app

    3 days ago - By The Verge

    Facebook has been hiring third-party contractors to review and transcribe audio clips of its users, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Facebook claims it stopped using human workers to review audio clips “more than a week ago,” noting that the contractors were previously hired to check whether anonymized conversations were being correctly transcribed on the Messenger app.
    Since 2015, Messenger has offered a feature to transcribe voice clips to text , although it is turned off by default. Facebook claims only those who opted in to the feature had their audio clips reviewed by...
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  • Facebook paid contractors to transcribe Messenger calls - CNET

    3 days ago - By CNET

    The social network says it halted the process last week.
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  • Facebook paid people to transcribe Messenger voice chats

    3 days ago - By Engadget

    Add Facebook to the list of tech firms who've halted their audio transcriptions over privacy concerns. The company confirmed to Bloomberg that contractors had been transcribing Messenger voice chats to determine if AI had correctly interpreted the m...
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  • Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio: Bloomberg

    3 days ago - By Reuters

    Facebook Inc has been paying outside contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its services, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
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  • Facebook collected and transcribed users' audio without permission

    3 days ago - By TechCrunch

    “The future is private.” Clearly, Facebook still has a way to go.
    Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users' data, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio data and recordings from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors.
    The report came from Bloomberg , citing the contractors who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs.
    According to the report, it's not known where the audio came from or why it was transcribed, but that Facebook users' conversations were often matched against to see if they...
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