Bloomberg reports Facebook confirmed it had been paying contractors to transcribe users' audio. The tech giant said they stopped the practice last week. "Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago," the company said. The company had long denied the practice but said affected users "chose the option in Facebook's Messenger app to have their voice chats transcribed." The Irish Data Protection Commission is examining the activity to determine if it violates the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Meanwhile, U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons indicates a willingness to break up major tech platforms by undoing past mergers. Simons is currently leading a review of the technology sector, and while breaking up companies might be challenging, it "could be the right remedy to rein in dominant companies and restore competition." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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