Did Mark Zuckerberg Lie Under Oath About Facebook Eavesdropping Through Your Phone?

Macduff

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Last April, in front of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress that the social media giant was “not collecting any information verbally on the microphone,” and “does not have contracts with anyone else who is.”

On Tuesday this week, Bloomberg reported that Facebook has indeed been paying outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users.

The work has 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.​

Did Zuckerberg Lie Under Oath About Facebook Eavesdropping On You?

We might be getting closer to government regulation of the tech giants.
 

Macduff

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And also...

During an exchange with Zuckerberg, Sen. Gary Peters asked, “Yes or no, does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about its users?”
Zuckerberg responded, “We do not. Senator. Let me be clear on this. You are talking about the conspiracy theory passed around that we listen to what is going on on your microphone and use that. We do not do that.”
Now, the company claims that while review of audio from users who allowed access did happen, the purpose of the audio review was strictly to improve the ability of artificial intelligence to transcribe messages, something the company never mentioned as a possible use of the audio in previous statements.
 

johnflesh

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Yeah it has only been proven to be true in Androids, iPhones, Alexa, Google Home... but not Facebook.

We bugged our own homes.