Bloomberg reports that Facebook retains recordings of users’ voice chats and paid contractors to transcribe them. Now that this has been exposed, the social media giant says it has “paused” the work.
Facebook Inc. has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, according to people with knowledge of the work.
The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. They’re hearing Facebook users’ conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said.
Facebook is a fast zombie, sprinting at the details of your life, and can’t see beyond the next bite. It can pretend to be human for brief moments when it perceives a threat, remaining motionless while something in its hungry mind utters a few words that it has learned will mollify prey. But it lurches back into motion as soon as your attention drifts away. Attributing human motivations and concerns to it is pointless, and the only option that makes any sense at all is to destroy it.
Gawker’s new owners demand right to search journalists, ban encrypted email and institute dress code
After Deadspin’s Laura Wagner published an incredible, brave, detailed look at how her new private equity masters — Jim Spanfeller/Great Hill Partners — were running Gawker now that they’d acquired it from Univision, the company (now called “G/O Media”) struck back.
Tech conference changes policy, rescinds requirement for chipped, unremovable bracelets for attendees
Update: Justin Reese from Abstractions writes, “policy changes were implemented last night and additional changes were made this morning.” He adds, “The article was also inaccurate from the start by calling the wristbands surveillance devices in the title. They are only used to control access and don’t track where users are or have been except […]
Last summer, we published a comprehensive look at the ways that Facebook could and should open up its data so that users could control their experience on the service, and to make it easier for competing services to thrive.
PC gamers, choose your weapons. We’ve sniffed out summer discounts on a truckload of gear from Azio, a company that gets high marks from users for style as well as performance. Here are a few of our favorites from their diverse line of keyboards and mice. Azio Vision KB505U Backlight Keyboard When you’re on a […]
The weather is settling right into the pocket for an outdoor movie night, so it’s worth spotlighting one of the best – and smallest – projectors around: The Prima 1080p HD Pocket Projector. Even if the performance was sub-par (and it’s not), this gadget would be notable just for how portable and easy it makes […]
There’s no shortage of stories about the benefits of cannabidiol, that benign (and non-psychoactive) cousin of THC. Some have been using it for years to deal with pain, stress, and sleeplessness. And the more people use it, the more discussion there is about how to use it. While there’s no shortage of quality edibles on […]