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Facebook has Hired Contractors to Listen in to Users’ Conversations in its Messenger Service

Here is another reason to stop using Facebook and all of the company’s various services. It seems the company monitors the conversations of its 1.3 billion customers. From an article by Kate O’Flaherty and published in the Forbes web site:

“Facebook has just become the latest big tech firm to confirm that external contractors are listening to audio of users’ private conversations. According to a Bloomberg report, Facebook has hired the contractors to listen in to users taking advantage of the audio to text functionality in its Messenger service.

“The affected users had opted into having their Messenger chats transcribed, the firm said. However, Facebook Messenger users might not have known this was going to be done by humans–who were tasked with transcribing conversations to assess the accuracy of the tool.

“Facebook policies are not explicit, simply stating: ‘We collect the content, communications and other information you provide when you use our products, including when you sign up for an account, create or share content and message or communicate with others.'”

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Categories: Online Privacy & Security

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