Facebook is planning to delay the launch of its video chat device which is named as Portal. A previous report said that the Facebook is going to launch a voice controlled device which deploys facial recognition at Annual F8 Conference which was held on May 1-2,2018 in San Jose, California.
The delay of launching is due to the recent scandal about the misuse of the data of 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica. It obtained the information about the users from an academic who has obtained the data from Facebook Platform in 2014. Cambridge Analytica worked for the Trump 2016 presidential campaign.
The knowledge Facebook has on people social activity makes it a unique player in the growing smart speaker market. A report suggested from that Facebook is going to debut a voice controlled device with video chat. If the delay continues then it is going to put Facebook behind the other competitors like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri.
A report from Cheddar said that the device will cost around $499 and it will come with a wide-angle camera with facial recognition. According to Bloomberg source, it said that “ the delay is happening so the device can undergo additional review to ensure they make the right tradeoffs with user data.”
On Monday, Facebook’s stock fall on news as the Federal Trade Commission started an investigation onto Facebook and Senator Chuck Grassley called all the CEOs from Facebook, Twitter, and Google before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Zuckerberg has given his statement before multiple Congressional a U.K. parliamentary committees. He is soon to testify before Congress.