Facebook will use human contractors to listen to your Portal voice commands
Another day, another shady decision made by Facebook. You may remember that back in August Facebook announced that they were pulling the plugs on human reviews of Messenger voice chats. This change had come about as a result of privacy concerns.
Facebook will use human contractors for voice command checks on Portal
Facebook told Bloomberg that contractors would be going back to reviewing Portal device voice commands. Portal will start recording your words after using the wake word “Hey Portal.” The reasoning Facebook gives for using human contractors again is due to “more transparency and control,” as stated by their hardware lead, Andrew Bosworth. Ehhhh, I don’t know about that.
The silver lining here is that users will also have the option to opt-out of sharing their audio with Facebook, but how upfront will the company be about that? Is it an option when they first set up their device or is it buried in the settings? The option will be available as part of a software update for Portal devices in October.
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