Due to public outrage over Facebook’s privacy practices, the company has suspended its plan to unveil its smart home speaker at its F8 conference on May 1. Although there was a rumor that this device would compete with the likes of Home, Echo, and HomePod, now the company is giving it a thought if it would be a good idea to ask its consumer to put faith on an always-listening microphone in their homes.
Over the past few weeks, Facebook has been facing a public rage. It was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a political-advertising firm obtained information on 50 million users without their permission. It created a negative impression on the users that many of them have already deleted their profile or page, including Elon Musk. Also, in the coming weeks, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have to testify in front of Congress.
It’s no surprise that this incident has made the users concerned about a device from this company. Given how much data this social media collects users may not want such devices in their living room. However, Facebook is planning to launch this smart home speaker later 2018. Let’s see if the company can gain trust from its users by this time.