Facebook reveals that it has been transcribing user audio chats without disclosing that fact, raising even more questions about privacy. | Source: REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo
Facebook Claims It Wasn’t Being Sneaky
Facebook claims that the only conversations that were transcribed were from those users who selected that option in the Messenger app.
Facebook also claims that it was on for the sole purpose of making sure the transcription application was performing properly.
Needless to say, it is difficult to believe anything Facebook has to say on this or any other privacy issue.
Even worse, third-parties were used to transcribe the audio, but this information was never disclosed to users.
Another Blow to Libra
This is not going to help Facebook in regards to the Libra cryptocurrency venture.
Cryptocurrency users love the idea that transactions are relatively private and like to hope and believe that what they do with their transactions is not scrutinized.
Yet Libra is supposed to be managed by a “trusted issuer,” namely Facebook.
Write-access to the transaction ledger for Libra rests solely with authorized members of a corporation consortium. As it is, distrust of corporations, in general, is widespread, but the distrust of Facebook is now legendary.
Every week it seems like some other privacy breach is revealed in the Facebook universe. Just when it seems like an issue has been aired, or cleared, another one pops up like Whack-a-Mole.