Humor: Where Facebook really wants to take its new listening feature

Humor: Where Facebook really wants to take its new listening feature
A couple days ago, Facebook announced a “new, optional way to share” on the super-sized social network. It is basically an evolution of the emotion, or feeling, feature that you can use when posting an update on your timeline.

According to Facebook, over the past year that those emotion tags have been available, more than 5 billion status updates have been shared using those feeling markers.  Soon, the Facebook apps for iOS and Android will have the ability to use your mobile device's microphone.

Facebook will introduce a new feature to its mobile app where, with your permission, it will listen to what is around you using your device's mic while you compose your update. Basically, the app is listening for music or the sound of a TV show (such as when you share an update while watching The Walking Dead).  Then with your update, it will add information about the song being listened to, or the TV show you are watching.

In its announcement, Facebook makes it pretty clear that not only will you have to opt-in to use the feature, you will have to give the app a second permission to use it each time.  The app will only be able to identify music or TV sounds, and that is all the app will do, and no data is stored. Plus, you can decide who sees the content that accompanies your post.

Technology doesn’t stand still however, and you have to admit, it really is just a matter of time before voices are identifiable, and once a computer knows a voice, it can certainly learn what it’s saying. Remember, just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.

Humor: Where Facebook really wants to take its new listening feature

source: The Joy of Tech

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9 Comments

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

007 Zuckerberg!

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Brought to you by Facebook and then handed over in a basket to the NSA.

3. mturby unregistered

uselesss feature. y tell everyone the song im listening to?

5. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Why share ANYTHING with ANYONE in the first place? If you didn't want to share anything *(be it status messages, music, videos, pictures), you wouldn't be on social networking sites like Facebok in the first place. And THIS wouldn't be YOUR problem. I like to share good music with my friends. I share Soundcloud and YouTube links on Facebook most of the time rather than something like "Woke up naked with a supermodel in... where am I? #hungover #awesomepartylastnight #wooooohooooooo!" ... which happens very rarely :D ... actually no, that never happens u_u TL;DR - Some people don't really care much for privacy. They willfully trade their personal info for free services. Let them be.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Practice what you preach, much?

7. SeanContra

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

I preach nothing : ) I don't party hard and get drunk with beautiful promiscuous women (but I do get drunk with my drinking buddies every so often though : D ... and they are smelly hairy men : ( ) But I really didn't like this new Facebook option being denied to people who might benefit from it just because I (personally) and a few others don't require it. This situation is more like Apple phones to me. I don't like them, but I don't want them to not exist solely because I don't like them and at the same I know other people might fancy one... or two... or how many they could afford. I don't judge them... Those rich ba#$%@!* : P j/k

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"In its announcement, Facebook makes it pretty clear that not only will you have to opt-in to use the feature, you will have to give the app a second permission to use it each time. The app will only be able to identify music or TV sounds, and that is all the app will do, and no data is stored." And is the Easter Bunny for real, too? Everyone knows from the NSA files Snowden leaked that Facebook (a) gives all their data to the NSA (b) lied about doing this and (c) can never be trusted. Facebook -- go Face yourself as hard as you can.

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Hahahaha! Brilliant!

9. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Life sucks!! Johnie Doe is feeling sad. While his alcoholic father is hitting him, added by Facebook Earbook™ feature.

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