Facebook will pay you for recordings of your speech in plot to make AI smarter

FACEBOOK will now pay users for voice recordings in a bid to improve the firm's AI tech.

You'll need to read aloud sentences prepared by Facebook, to help the social media giant better understand pronunciation.

Facebook paying for voice recordings – what's happening?

The company has launched a new section called Pronunciations inside its Viewpoints app.

You'll need to go into the app to check if you qualify.

Then you'll be given the opportunity to record the phrase 'Hey Portal'.

Portal is Facebook's smart home speaker, designed to rival the Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

After each time you say 'Hey Portal', you'll have to add the first name of a friend from your list – up to 10 pals.

You'll also have to repeat each sentence twice.

The Pronunciations scheme is only available in the US right now, but this could expand in the future.

To qualify, you'll need to be aged 18 or over, and have more than 75 Facebook friends.

How much will Facebook pay for voice recordings?

Sadly, the pay-out isn't huge.

Completing a single set of recordings earns you 200 points inside the app.

You'll need to earn at least 1,000 points to cash out via PayPal.

And 1,000 points is only worth a $5 reward.

The good news is that Viewpoints will also let you earn points through other activities.

And more payment schemes will likely be added to Viewpoints over time.

How to delete Facebook – easy steps to QUITTING for good

Here's how to quit right now…

Temporarily deactivating your account is really easy – and you can log back in at any time to undo it:

  • Follow this link
  • Choose "Manage your account" and then scroll down to click "Deactivate your account"

Facebook has a special page for permanent account deletion, which you can find below:

  • Click here for deletion page

It's worth noting that you can also download a copy of your information from Facebook as a back-up:

  • Click the down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  • Click "Download a copy of your Facebook data" at the bottom of the General Account Settings
  • Click Start My Archive

What is the Facebook Viewpoints app?

The Facebook Viewpoints app pays you cash for taking surveys.

It's a marketing tool designed to boost what Facebook knows about users.

The information you hand over is deemed valuable enough to warrant a financial reward.

There's no obligation for general Facebook users to sign up however.

In other news, Facebook is rolling out a new design that some users have branded "ugly" and "gross".

Chronology may be coming back to your Instagram feed as an app expert has spotted a "Latest Posts" feature being tested.

TikTok has been accused of copying Instagram with its latest redesign.

And, Snapchat could also be getting a redesign, according to recent leaks.

Do you trust Facebook to protect your data? Let us know in the comments!

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