Facebook last week halted a program in which it was paying third-party contractors to listen to and transcribe audio clips from its users, the company said Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported on the existence of the program and the fact it had been stopped. The contractors had no knowledge of where the audio was being recorded or how it was obtained, Bloomberg reported, citing people who’d held these contracting jobs. “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to CNET in an emailed statement.
Read how Facebook paid third-party contractors to listen to user clips on CNet.