Happy Hour News Briefs
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 Markdoesn’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.