• 15:43 Oct 19, 2019

Advertisement

Facebook admits employing humans to transcribe your audio chats

By: Ajaay Srinivasan, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : August 14, 2019 12:52 pm

Facebook has been caught hiring hundreds of third party contractors to transcribe audio sent to Facebook Messenger. The contractors aren’t told where and how the audio was obtained and are instead asked to transcribe it no questions asked.
Advertisement

Like Amazon, Google and Apple, Facebook finds itself involved in the same situation regarding privacy as the social networking service has now been caught employing humans to listen to your audio recordings. The company has been exposed to have sent audio recordings shared between users and its AI assistant to third party human listeners to improve its AI. 

 

Through the latest report from Bloomberg, Facebook has been caught hiring hundreds of third party contractors to transcribe audio sent to Facebook Messenger. The report explains that the contractors aren’t told where and how the audio was obtained and are instead asked to transcribe it no questions asked. The individuals said that they heard conversations of people with vulgar content and they have no idea why Facebook even needed the audio clips transcribed. 

Advertisement

 

Facebook seems to have targeted those users who had activated the “convert voice to text” feature which was rolled out in 2015. The social media company says it only transcribed audio of those who opted in for the transcription service. However, Facebook Messenger’s support page fails to mention that real humans are involved in the audio transcription process, which is the opposite of what Facebook says it does when it said that Voice to text uses “machine learning”.

 

The support page, however, reveals that if one person in a thread has agreed to transcribe their audio, any audio in the thread would be vulnerable to eavesdropping regardless of whom it came from. What’s interesting is to note that the company’s privacy policy doesn’t explain what it uses this audio data for. 

 

Facebook now claims that it stopped human reviewers from transcribing audio clips “more than a week ago”. The social media company said, “much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago”. 

 

The latest news comes just ten days after Amazon started allowing users to opt out of human reviews of Alexa voice recordings following Apple and Google who temporarily terminated the practice of grading Siri and Google Assistant voice recordings (respectively) through human contractors. 

You might like this

Tags: Facebook audio privacy Facebook Facebook privacy Facebook eavesdrops on your audio clips Facebook employees listen to your audio chats Facebook contractors transcribe your audio chats

You might like this

Matched Content

 

0 Comments

Login with