FAST FIVE: Facebook Is Collecting User Audio, Paying Contractors To Transcribe It
Now, to nobody's surprise, not only was the biggest privacy violator in history, Facebook, also listening in to everything you were dumb enough to say in its proximity, but it also was just as busy writing it all down.
The work, as Bloomberg notes, “rattled the contract employees”, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs.
They're hearing Facebook users' conversations, sometimes with vulgar content, but do not know why Facebook needs them transcribed, the people said.
Apple and Google have since said they no longer engage in the practice and Amazon said it will let users opt out of human review.
And judging by the non-existent reaction in the stock price following the Bloomberg news.