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The company Facebook has hired several hundred contractors to ensure that they were listened to and transcribed audio users. About it Bloomberg said people familiar with the situation sources, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of losing their job.
According to interlocutors of the edition, the contractors did not have information about where Facebook took audio recordings and why social networks need to decrypt them. This work seemed to them to be unethical, as the company does not put users on notice that they listen to by third parties.
Facebook confirmed the wiretapping, however, assured the journalists that stopped this activity for more than a week ago and has no plans to renew it.
The company explained that they used the records to only those users who chose the option of decoding the audio files in the messenger, and thus check how well works created for this neural network. Facebook representatives added that the records were anonymized.
For the first time the function of transcription services appeared in Facebook in 2015.
Last year Facebook made a major leakage of information about users: they were collected and used for their purposes an affiliated company of Cambridge Analytica. The incident affected about 90 million account holders. As punishment, Facebook was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of five billion dollars.
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