Facebook said that the only people who were affected were those who agreed to have their audio messages transcribed. That makes it sound like users agreed to have their chats read by third parties. Not so.
Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, according to people with knowledge of the work.
The JSE-listed technology giant is leading a $125-million (R1.9-billion) funding round in Indian “social commerce” marketplace Meesho in a bid to “kick-start e-commerce for the next 500 million online shoppers”.
The group behind the Facebook-backed libra digital currency has said it will ensure it meets privacy standards after data protection authorities raised concerns about its design.
Facebook plans to attach its name to Instagram and WhatsApp, branding them “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook”.