Yikes, Facebook is Listening to Your Conversations on Messenger
by Inside Manila Team, September 18, 2019 11:00pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
No one can deny how social media giant, Facebook has connected the world almost instantaneously. Through the years it innovated the platform like never before. Turning it from mere social website to an all-in-one digital empire accessible in our computer and phones. But recent reports revealed Facebook is going beyond connecting or helping.
A recent report by Bloomberg revealed that Facebook admitted to listening, recording, and even transcribing private phone calls (and actually paying contractors to do so) for the purpose of developing the company's Artificial Intelligence (AI) system.
This was not the first of the many privacy breaches Facebook has done. Last year, a massive data breach was reported after news broke that 87 million profiles were collected by Cambridge Analytica, a company said to use public information to influence the public of big political campaigns. Reports said out of the 87 million, 1.1 million profiles were from the Philippines.
Facebook literally paid for the breach, a total of $5 billion fine was collected by the Federal Trade Commission. But for a company that earned a profit of $22 billion last year, this is just mere coins.
What can you do?
Our personal data online is now as important as our actual personal information on our identification card. Which is why it's recommended to not share as much online (like full name, personal contact numbers, identification cards, etc) and avoid engaging to sketchy websites that would require you to share personal information. It may also be best to start backing away from apps that have tons of data breach issues.
There are alternative apps with a big reach like Facebook and has the same (maybe even more) functions available. Viber is one example of those apps. Viber has end-to-end encryption letting users call and text without the fear of being spied to. Meaning your conversations are restricted and only available to you and the person or people on the other end.
For more information, visit www.viber.com or follow Viber on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.