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.
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.
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”.
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.
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