The Portal is a sleek new video camera and screen that makes chats
with family and friends look great.
It has just one problem: It was made by Mark Zuckerberg.
On Monday, Facebook unveiled the $200 Portal, the first-ever
consumer hardware from the world’s largest social network. The
toaster-size gadget, along with a larger $350 version called
Portal+, is a cross between a smart speaker, video camera and
digital photo frame. But at a time when CEO Zuckerberg’s privacy
and security decisions are a matter of congressional inquiry, how
many people will trust one in their living room?
Say what you want about putting any of these always-on listening devices in your home, anyone who buys one of these — which doesn’t just listen but has a camera too — is nuts. Is there any company you’d trust less than Facebook with this?