• Users can now sell Facebook their voice recordings

    Date:21 February 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell Tags:

    Facebook was in hot water last year. when it was found that the social media giant was listening to users voice recording to improve its voice recognition technology. Now in an effort to be more transparent, users are being offered a monetary reward for their voice recordings, instead of taking them without consent.

    According to The Verge, Facebook will pay a select number of users a whopping $5 to repeat a voice recording of certain phrases through a new programme called “Pronunciations”. Those selected to take part will be asked to record the phrase “hey portal” along with the first name of a friend in their friend list into its Viewpoints market research application.

    Those selected will have to repeat the phrase twice and do this with a set of 10 names in order to earn 200 points in the Viewpoints app. Once you’ve earned a total of 1,000 points you’ll be able to cash out and claim your hard-earned $5.

    The social media platform assures the voice recordings taken will not be connected to your Facebook profile. None of your activity will be shared without your permission.

    This is by no means a ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme. It does however offer you a way to help Facebook improve its AI transcription technology without invading your privacy. Whether you would actually want to help Facebook is an entirely up to you. This move could motivate other tech giants like Apple and Google to follow in Facebook’s footsteps and provide monetary rewards for ‘audio recordings reviews’ in the future.

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