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Facebook has spied and transcribed audio conversations of its users

2019-08-14T15:52:16.880Z

A new Facebook controversy that listens to the audio conversations of some of its users reveals the Bloomberg agency. Hundreds of subcontractors have even been used to transcribe sound clips of conversations between users ....


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Facebook listened to user conversations and even transcribed them for a while. The company says it has now stopped these practices (Illustration Images). AFP Photos / Thomas Samson

A new Facebook controversy that listens to the audio conversations of some of its users reveals the Bloomberg agency. Hundreds of subcontractors have even been used to transcribe audio clips of conversations between users. Facebook has finally acknowledged these plays in a statement after denying it.

Making a phone microphone a spy to record conversations and better target ads had been called conspiracy theory by Mark Zuckerberg during his congressional hearing in April 2018. " We do not do that, " said the founder of social network to US senators after the scandal Cambridge Analytica on the leak of personal data of millions of subscribers.

To train algorithms

A year later, it is actually a reality: Facebook recognizes this Tuesday after the revelations of the agency Bloomberg . According to his information it is audio conversations passed on the Messenger application that have been recorded and even transcribed by hundreds of subcontractors. Facebook promises to have put an end to this practice and to have done it with the agreement of the users who would have allowed it by ticking certain rules of use.

►Also read: Connected speakers: the big ears of the internet

According to the California firm, these data were anonymous and aimed to drive its algorithms artificial intelligence. In April Bloomberg was already revealing that thousands of Amazon employees were also listening to private conversations with its connected speaker Alexa, just like Apple and Google who all now ensure they no longer spy on their users.

Source: rfi

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