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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.
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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.
A Facebook company spokesperson told The Federalist, “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” confirming that the company had been transcribing users’ audio and chalking up the activity to common practice among tech companies. The company said nonpublic audio under human review would have only come from devices on which users had given permission to access microphones.
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