From the scarier side of news:
Facebook will use a coming Android and iOS app update to collect data captured by users’ smartphone’s microphones. It captures sounds in the user’s environment —songs, movies or television shows, but also potentially conversations— based on what it hears. Once the sound is ID’d, users have the option to share it as a visual component of their posts. — [Though FaceBook] assured users that “no sound is stored” by the new feature, it conceded that “the data is saved, but all data is anonymized and aggregated.” Facebook declined to comment to IBT on how it planned to use the data once it’s gleaned.
This is rather scary development from both posting and reading aspects: a) I don’t want to post[^1] the “ambience of my surroundings”[^2] anywhere, and b) I don’t want to hear what other people were hearing when they posted their updates.
Yes, seeing well produced footage and hearing the ambience can be interesting, but most this is even more difficult task than taking good photos.
: Luckily at least iOS requires user’s explicit consent to allow apps to access the mic so this doesn’t come as a surprise.
: Which most of the times will be cacophony of random noise or just silence.