The social media giant confirmed that, until very recently, it had employed human contractors to transcribe voice messages sent via its Messenger app in order to check the work of its AI systems.
Apple and Google have in recent weeks said they've halted the practice, while Amazon gives users the option of blocking the collection of their voice by Alexa, the artificial intelligence driving their Echo voice assistant.
On Tuesday, a spokesman said the company had "paused" the practice "more than a week ago" after other companies' audio listening attracted scrutiny from the press.
Facebook first started allowing Messenger users to have their audio transcribed in 2015.
Facebook later told Bloomberg that the human transcriptions were being used to test the performance of its speech-recognizing artificial intelligence - a troubling admission that the company regularly violates people's privacy.
Julián Castro has something to say to Donald Trump
As the Democratic primary race heats up, candidates are preparing their attacks on the policies and rhetoric of Donald Trump . He called Joaquin, who is chairing Julian's presidential campaign, "the lesser brother of a failed presidential candidate".
"You're talking about this conspiracy theory that gets passed around that we listen to what's going on on your microphone and use that for ads", Zuckerberg told U.S. Senator Gary Peters in April 2018.
Facebook hasn't disclosed to users that third parties may review their audio. Santa Monica, California-based TaskUs instead refers to one of its largest and most important clients only by the code-name "Prism" - which is, ironically, also the name of the NSA initiative exposed by Edward Snowden that installed backdoors in popular online platforms like Google, Skype, Twitter, and... They're hearing Facebook users' conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said.
The murkiness of what Facebook did with these recordings is creepy, to say the least.
Facebook claims that it has since stopped this transcription process and "will no longer do so".
Jim Salisbury of NBCS Philadelphia hinted at a major coaching change coming to the Phillies after a 2-5 west coast trip. He worked as a scout, a minor-league hitting instructor and most recently an adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.
USA lawmakers have demanded that the government hold responsible people who allegedly helped Epstein engage in sex trafficking. President Donald Trump talks to reporters at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.
The Orioles are listed with a money line of +320 to win, while the over/under total for the contest is listed at 9.5 runs. Just one day after losing 23-2 to the Houston Astros , the Baltimore Orioles pulled out a dramatic walk-off victory.
UEFA is focusing on another area and investigating whether City has breached Financial Fair Play rules. The player's parents move to the country in which the new club is located for non-footballing reasons.
The Acura Type S Concept will make its public debut Friday at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering during Monterey Car Week. That earned kudos for its driving style, but was felt by some to be too visually restrained for the segment.
Ronan is the latest to take the lead of Jo March, also notably played by Katharine Hepburn in 1933 and Winona Ryder in 1994. Chalamet worked with Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig in Lady Bird , so clearly the trio has good working chemistry.
Yen and dollar rise as investors seek safety
The S&P 500 lost 35.96 points, or 1.23%, to 2,882.69 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 95.73 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 7,863.41. The yen is a safe-haven asset which benefits in moments of geopolitical uncertainty and during economic downturns.
Patrick Reed wins Northern Trust after eventful finale
Ancer's performance - his best finish on the PGA Tour bumped him from 67th in the playoff standings to eighth. Spieth, who had to put together a good round just to get into the BMW Championship next week did just that.
Fortnite Champ Bugha Swatted During Twitch Stream
Giersdorf was "swatted", a potentially deadly prank when someone calls authorities and directs them to an innocent person's home. No one was hurt in the exchange, which Giersdorf chalks up to one of the responding officers knowing him from the neighborhood.