The techlash isn’t big enough to stop Facebook from selling video chat devices for your living room

The techlash isn’t big enough to stop Facebook from selling video chat devices for your living room

Facebook thinks you’re okay with Facebook devices that watch you and listen to you. What if Facebook is right?

On Thursday September 19, 2019, Peter Kafka at Vox wrote:
A year ago, when Facebook launched its own video chat device, it seemed like a clueless move by an out-of-touch tech giant: Under fire for abusing its users privacy, Facebook was still stumbling forward with a video camera that would surveil its users in their homes.

Plenty of people, Facebook seems to be insisting: Rather than walk away from its Portal devices, Facebook is pushing out more of them, including one thats supposed to let your friends watch you watching Facebook videos on your TV.

Facebook has also confirmed that when you bark a command at a Portal, Facebook contractors may end up listening to what you say.

Maybe its correct and many of us are overestimating regular humans antipathy for the technology baked into their daily lives.

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Get the latest independent tech news, reviews and analysis from Recode with the most informed and respected journalists in technology and media. Peter Kafka has recently written 3 articles on similar topics including facebook:
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  • "Everyone else is doing it, so Facebook is trying it, too. The company says it’s a test, available only to US users". (August 8, 2019)
  • "Remember when Silicon Valley’s giants scoffed at regulation? Now they see it as a protective shield". (March 31, 2019)