A report from Reuters says that Facebook shares private posts with contract workers to help train their AI. That means real people are reading your private posts. This sounds too familiar.
The report suggests that Facebook publishes this task to an Indian company called Wipro, where as many as 260 workers crawl through up to 700 posts each every day. Each post is checked by two different workers to make sure they are properly labeled.
So what exactly do they do? The process is ambiguously called "data annotation" ̵1; They categorize and label posts so that I can better learn what it sees. They note the type of content, such as their own, food or an animal. They must also include the author's intention; Do they make a joke, try to inspire others or plan an event? The show would suggest that the last bit may be a little dark in some situations.
Although the report itself is quite simple, there seems to be some conflicting emotions coming from Facebook employees (and former employees). The company's product leader for AI, Nipun Mathur, told Reuters that "it's an important part of what you need" and that he doesn't "see the need go away". However, a former Facebook privacy manager had different feelings on the matter, expressing concern with user information being reviewed without explicit consent.
But on the other hand, the coin claims a Facebook spokesman states that the data policy "clarifies … we use the information people give to Facebook to improve their experience and that we can work with service providers to help with this process." In other words, this is what you signed up for – according to Facebook, at least.
All that is to say one thing: in this day and age, "private" does not really mean privately-in It just means you do not know who really sees it. I guess you can do everything publicly and alleviate the problem altogether, heh. [Reuters via The Verge]
In other news, OnePlus made a questionable video about 7's waterproof features, WWDC rumors, more Chrome OS virtual desktop development and more.
- OnePlus threw 7 in a bucket of water, then said not to do so: OnePlus is a company that has history to make questionable marketing decisions, and the latest video that highlights OnePlus 7's waterproofing is a good example . It shows that the phone is thrown in a bucket of water, during which some text at the bottom of the screen says "don't do it". The phone has no IP certification, which apparently costs more money than the company wants to spend. All this makes it many questions about how waterproof the phone really is. [The Verge, TechRadar]
- WWDC rumors aplenty: Bloomberg reported a bunch of WWDC rumors this year, including iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, a new tvOS and much more. By the norm you take everything with grain of grain until it is actually confirmed. [Bloomberg]
- More Chrome OS virtual desktop development: Last week we talked about virtual desktops in Chrome OS, and over the weekend, a couple of videos came up showing even more development. It looks so good. [Chrome Unboxed]
- Google will rebrand Express as Google Shopping: We're likely to hear more about this on I / O, but it looks like Google is switching to quickly "expanding" Google Express and rewriting it to Google Shopping. Neat. [9to5Google]
- A hacker holds Git repositories for remedies: The hacker cleans them clean, and then threatens to release the code if the victims do not pay the redemption amount within ten days. Wow. [ZDNet]
- Update Chrome for Android without visiting Play Store: Google is testing a new update method in Chrome Canary for Android that allows users to update it without going to the Play Store. [Techdows]
- More than half of Bitcoin nodes run vulnerable code: There are more than 100,000 Bitcoin nodes, and half of them run vulnerable code. It's worrying. [The Next Web]
During the weekend, CNBC had an absolutely fascinating writing about cybercrime organizations. It turns out that they often follow the same model as real companies, including competing with each other for customers, hiring project managers and even having "CEO" to keep everything organized and on the right track. Everything to steal data, money and identity from others. . Unreal