This week, Facebook announced the launch of its first-ever smart glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories, which will allow users to capture photos and video. But while this represents a major step forward in the company’s technology, it could also bring about potentially massive privacy issues.
These glasses will pair with a new app called Facebook View that will allow users to “share stories and memories seamlessly” across social media platforms. Of course, Facebook promised that it designed this product “with privacy in mind,” but many experts and journalists have already raised concerns that this might not be possible due to the very nature of the product.
“How are people not going to use this technology to create sensitive, violent, or otherwise controversial content?” WIRED columnists Lauren Goode and Peter Rubin wrote. “We’re not saying people won’t use the glasses to save memories of family reunions or a day at the beach — we’re just saying they also happen to be wearing the best sex-tape camera in the history of the world, one that records without the now-accepted social cue of holding a phone up in front of your face.”
No matter what Facebook says or does, many users will have a difficult time trusting the company on issues of privacy — especially when it keeps trying to roll out creepy products like this one.
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