News That Will Drive You To Drink

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“oops,” said Internet power-user Mark Faceberg.

And here we go again:

Facebook last week stopped paying third-party contractors to listen to and transcribe audio clips from its users, the company said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported that the social network was using the transcripts to check the accuracy of its artificial intelligence system in transcribing Facebook Messenger voice chats. The contractors had no knowledge of where the audio was being recorded or how it was obtained, Bloomberg reported, citing people who’d held these contracting jobs.”

Yup. They were not only eavesdropping on your calls (without your permission), they were transcribing your Messenger Chats without your permission. And they were doing it to test their AI, which will now begin harvesting data from you without your permission. Things you talk about are going to start showing up in ads, everywhere you go, so you better not plan a surprise birthday party, or an engagement, or your Secret Santa plans. Nothing is private from Faceberg. He’ll soon know who the dog humped and when the milk in the fridge goes bad, and make suggestions.

Anyone want to explain to me the legal differences between doing this an tapping your phone without a court order?

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously told the US Senate that Facebook doesn’t “listen to what’s going on on your microphone and use that for ads … we don’t do that.”

“…except when we do,” he did not add.

Facebook is proof that we live in dystopian times.

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5 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. Astamari says:

    I think Facebook needs to be a tightly regulated utility, if it continues at all. It’s original mission statement was long ago overtaken by Faceberg’s too young cynicism and overweening greed.

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    • Lsamsa says:

      I agree about faceberg…my worry would be about who regulates & why & how…i.e. consider the current administration.
      Tough call all round.


      • Astamari says:

        I completely agree, hence my use of the term utility, no domestic political interference allowed. That said, if we continue to have rogue administrations like Trump’s, we’re doomed anyway.


  2. Pyed says:

    The best people to regulate internet utilities might be the people who show up on political polls two days before an election as “undecided.” The problem with them is that beside having no political affiliation, they probably also lack enough intellect to locate their ass using GPS and both hands.


  3. Infidel753 says:

    Anyone want to explain to me the legal differences between doing this an tapping your phone without a court order?

    There’s probably a bunch of fine print you have to agree to when you sign up, which more or less gives them the right to do anything they want.

    I’m astounded that there’s anyone left who didn’t simply assume all along that Facebook was doing this kind of thing. But two days ago I was talking with a person who actually didn’t know that Windows 10 reports all its users’ activity to Microsoft. This was an educated person, too. People are amazingly naïve about the internet.

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