Several other tech companies including Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon have come under scrutiny over allowing contractors to listen to users’ conversations without their permission.
Facebook said it plans to restart its human review of voice chats, which it had halted in August. That includes reviewing Portal device voice commands after quietly pausing them around the same time as Messenger reviews came to a halt.
Contractors felt their work was unethical because Facebook hasn’t disclosed to users that third parties may review their audio, Techcrunch reported.
“We paused human review of the ‘Hey Portal’ voice interactions last month while we worked on a plan that gave people more transparency and control, including a way to turn it off,” Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of hardware, said in a statement to Bloomberg.
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He added that the social media giant was bringing the practice back now that there was “more transparency and control”.
Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside third-party contractors to transcribe clips of audio from its users but said in August it had stopped doing that.
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