• Facebook Stops Recording Users' Audio, as Contract Transcriptionists Express Ethical Concerns

    3 monthes ago - By Fortune

    Facebook 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 confirmed that it had been transcribing users' audio and said it...
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  • Facebook has been collecting audio from some voice chats on Messenger and paying contractors to listen to and transcribe them

    Facebook has been collecting audio from some voice chats on Messenger and paying contractors to listen to and transcribe them

    3 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    Facebook has been collecting audio from users' voice chats and paying outside contractors to transcribe them, Bloomberg's Sarah Frier reported on Tuesday.
    Users affected are those that opted into having their voice chats transcribed, Facebook told Bloomberg. But the company doesn't disclose in its data-use policies that it collects audio from users or that it sends such data to human transcribers, Bloomberg reported.
    Facebook collects and has contractors transcribe the audio data to check the accuracy of its automated speech recognition systems, according to Bloomberg.
    Facebook said it...
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  • Facebook contractors said to have collected and transcribed users' audio without permission

    3 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Reset the counter on “number of days since the last Facebook privacy scandal.”
    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...
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  • Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio: Bloomberg

    3 monthes 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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