Facebook puts smart speaker unveil on hold amid user data scandal


Smart speakers are currently the hottest new device in the world of consumer tech, with companies left and right trying to get a piece of the pie. Facebook was the latest player to announce its plans for entering the market, but in light of recent scandalous revelations about the company's handling of user data, these plans have been postponed.

While the hardware wasn't expected to hit the market until this fall, Facebook's was planning to show off its smart speaker at the company's big May developer conference. However, according to Bloomberg sources familiar with the matter, plans for the reveal have been postponed indefinitely. This is not to say that Facebook's smart speakers won't see the light of day. In fact, the hardware and software are now "undergoing a deeper review to ensure that they make the right trade-offs regarding user data," Bloomberg's sources said.

Aside from the supposed revisions of the speakers, unveiling a smart connected device in the fallout of the recent data scandal would be a detrimental move for Facebook. Smart speakers are devices that use an array of different sensors, including cameras and microphones, to keep track, listen to, and see their owners. Asking users to trust the company with even more personal data, after it was revealed that 50 million Facebook users had personal information used without their permission to create psychological profiles for the 2016 US presidential election, wouldn't do the company any good.

According to Bloomberg, Facebook has recently done focus-group testing that reflected users' concerns about placing a Facebook-branded device in their living rooms. Still, the company reportedly is on track launch the devices before the end of 2018, after the needed revisions have passed.

So, tell us, would you ever by a Facebook-branded smart speaker after what came to light recently?

source: Bloomberg




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5 Comments

1. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Even if this whole thing didn't happen, i still wouldn't buy a smart speaker by Facebook. The reason being that Google Assistant is the best voice assistant out there, especially in the format of a smart speakers, so i wouldn't buy anything that doesn't have Google Assistant on it. It's also the assistant that comes baked in with my android smartphone, so a Google Assistant smart speakers is a logical choice, as it is the best one and it has synergy with my smartphone.

2. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

After this scandal, who would buy this device besides Mark Zuckerberg and a handful of Facebook employees? At this point, even Facebook employees wouldn't want it since they know ALL of the shady crap their company does.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1863; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Smart speaker = more collected data.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7081; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Anyone that knows about what is going on with Facebook would not buy this, well anyone with a brain.

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Everyone who thinks that Facebook is for free should think twice. You don't pay them with money but with your privacy. Plus they make millions a week spamming you with adds!

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