A year ago, when Facebook launched its video chat device, it appeared like a clueless move by an out-of-touch tech giant: Beneath fire for abusing its users’ privacy, Facebook was still stumbling ahead with a video camera that might surveil its users in their homes.
Plenty of people, Facebook appears to be insisting: Relatively than walk away from its Portal devices, Facebook is pushing out more of them, together with one that’s supposed to let your friends watch you watching Facebook videos on your TV.
However, That’s not all. Facebook has also confirmed that whenever you bark a command at a Portal, Facebook contractors could find yourself listening to what you say.
Facebook’s rollout of the brand new Portal devices is both puzzling and par for the course in 2019, when big tech companies are condemned for the best way they deal with their users and their data but remain committed to business plans that depend upon user’s data.
It appears as if tech companies are in a long-overdue reckoning, forced upon them by some combination of the press, regulators, and actual consumers. However, in their day-to-day activities, many consumers appear okay with giant tech companies or, at least, they aren’t upset with them to the point where they’ve stopped using them in significant numbers.
This dissonance is wherever you look. Like this site, for instance: At present, my colleague Emily Stewart reports on a poll that indicates that two-thirds of Americans are in favor of breaking up big tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. However, there’s no proof that two-thirds of Americans are signaling their discontent in any means that’s more meaningful than responding to a poll or complaining in regards to the platforms on the platforms themselves.
In any case, Facebook a company that frequently has to tell people that it doesn’t secretly listen to its users’ phone conversations in order to serve them advertisements so personalized that some people find them creepy appears to be betting that there are numerous people who aren’t skeeved out by a Facebook-branded video chat system. It also thinks users might be comfortable placing a Facebook-branded camera by their TV, one that might watch them while they watch.