Until today, Facebook has given you three options for creating a user group: Open, closed, or ‘secret.’ While the first is pretty obvious, the other two were occasional sources of confusion – an admin might set a group to ‘closed’ without realizing it was still searchable, for instance. Instead there are now just two main types of groups: Public and Private. Public groups can be joined by anyone and are searchable by anyone. Private groups require permission to access. Whether such groups can be found through a search is now controlled through a ‘visibility’ setting. Meet with experts in finance, blockchain, and business Don’t miss Hard Fork Summit in Amsterdam Get tickets In effect, you can have the same kind of access settings as before, but the change should provide users with more clarity about who can read their posts: By default, a group that was formerly “secret” will now be “private” and … [Read more...] about Facebook’s group privacy settings actually make sense now
Mark Zuckerberg-owned Facebook is the newest addition to the list of tech companies who try to invade our privacy and listen to the private conversations. The company hired external contractors to listen to our conversations. Facebook Has Access to Voice Chats According to a report by Bloomberg, Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users’ voice chats from its services, specifically Facebook Messenger. The voice chats included various conversations between users that were even ‘vulgar’ in nature, meaning a lot of sensitive content was accessed by the company. People close to the matter have suggested that those who were listening to the audio clips weren’t allowed to know why they were doing so. Among the various contractors hired to do the job, TaskUs Inc. is one; it has suggested that Facebook never told them the whereabouts of the voice clips, due to which TaskUs’s employees felt they were involved in something unethical. Facebook … [Read more...] about Facebook Listened To Your Voice Messages Without Permission
In a report, Bloomberg claims Facebook recruited human contractors to transcribe users’ voice chats on the Messenger app to check the interpretation accuracy of the company’s artificial intelligence. Facebook then confirmed to the press that it had ceased the exercise. The company emphasized they had only reviewed audio samples from Messenger users who agreed to participate in an opt-in program launched in 2015. However, Bloomberg says that Facebook’s current data-use policy failed to clearly inform its users that third parties might listen to their audio files. Meanwhile, the social media giant also refrained from disclosing the true nature of those audio samples supplied to human transcribers, causing concerns of unethical practices among those employees. TaskUS Inc, one of Facebook’s contractors responsible for carrying out user conversion reviews, moderations, and ads screenings, doesn’t allow its employees to mention their clients’ real names. … [Read more...] about Facebook contractors listened to users’ voice chats, says report
In the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend that left at least 31 people dead, President Donald Trump called on social media companies like Twitter and Facebook to “detect mass shooters before they strike.” “I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local state and federal agencies, as well as social media companies, to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike,” Trump said in a White House speech in response to the shootings Monday morning. The weekend’s violence included a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday that left 22 people dead and another that left 10 dead, including the shooter, early Sunday morning in Dayton, Ohio. The alleged shooter in El Paso posted a racist manifesto full of white supremacist talking points on 8chan, a hate-filled online message board. As far as authorities have been able to tell, both shooters didn’t post a warning on mainstream social networks. … [Read more...] about Can social media predict mass shootings before they happen?
You might think it’s creepy for Facebook to collect your personal data for the optimization of their service. Now, the social media giant is skipping over cyberspace and reading your mind directly with a pair of AR glasses. Facebook has been developing its brain-reading computers since 2017 and the company gave its first update on July 30th, detailing their vision in a system that can “decode silent speech” without the need to implant a chipset into the brain. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, who collaborated with Facebook, said they have taken an important step toward brain reading in an academic journal published on Nature. The researchers created an algorithm to “decode a small set of full, spoken words and phrases from brain activity in real-time.” This algorithm was tried on some people who are having brain surgery for epilepsy. Facebook noted that working with brain surgery patients is definitely not the best approach for … [Read more...] about Facebook plans to read your mind with an AR headset