Facebook was listening. Sort of.
It turns out the company that only recently made a performative pivot toward privacy was paying contractors to listen to and transcribe users' conversations, according to Bloomberg .
Notably, the contractors reportedly did not know how Facebook obtained the audio and weren't informed as to why it needed to be transcribed. Allegedly, the recordings included "vulgar content" — although the specifics of what that means is unclear.
The audio in question reportedly came from the Facebook Messenger app, and was part of a process to check if the company's AI correctly transcribed conversations between users. Facebook insisted to Bloomberg that a person would have needed to select the transcription option for their conversations to have been sent to humans for review. Read more... More about Facebook , Privacy , Tech , and Big Tech Companies