Facebook paid hundreds of contractors to transcribe the voice messages of users of applications belonging to the corporation Bloomberg reported referring to sources that provided information anonymously to not lose the job.
According to them, the task set by Facebook shocked freelancers who were not provided with information about where and when the recordings were made.
The American corporation only required to transcribe voice messages.
The American company confirmed this information but indicated that it had stopped transcribing audio messages more than a week ago. The company representative also clarified that users whose messages were listened agreed to transcribe their speech in the Messenger application for Facebook.
Facebook did not warn its users about the possibility of listening to audio chats by third parties, which made contractors doubt the observance of ethical standards when performing the task, the source added.
Data collection scandal
The topic of collecting and storing personal data on the Internet is gaining momentum in the US as Facebook, as reported by New York Times, has been collecting the personal information of tens of millions’ users to develop an algorithm for analyzing voters' political preferences.
Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg had to give clarifications at the hearing in the US Congress. The entrepreneur assured American lawmakers that henceforth they will treat personal information more carefully.