Zuckerberg admits that Meta's smart glasses can secretly film people


Former comedian and current podcaster Joe Rogan challenged Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg if new Meta smart glasses are a potential privacy concern, while hosting his podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience".

Zuckerberg, who joined the podcast in a 3-hour interview, defended the glasses but admitted it might be possible to film people with them secretly, Business Insider reported.

The smart glasses, which Meta produces with Ray-Ban, were launched in September 2021 and come equipped with a small voice-activated camera and microphone in both corners of the glasses frame that allows users to take photos or videos.

Zuckerberg told Rogan that the company "continues to work on new versions" of the glasses.

In one exchange, Rogan challenged Zuckerberg, asking whether such a discreet camera could bring about privacy concerns "if people can just start filming things." 

The Meta CEO pushed back, saying the product comes with a light in the corner that flashes when videos or photos are being recorded. "That, I think, is a really important part of this," he said. 

However, Rogan countered, asking whether "a creep" could just put a piece of tape over the light. 

Zuckerberg acknowledged the possibility, saying, "I guess, in theory." 

"It blinks, and it's a pretty active indicator," he said of the flashing light on the smart glasses. Zuckerberg also predicted a piece of tape could interfere with the glasses' camera. 

Meta could not be immediately reached for comment about the exchange. 

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, is no stranger to privacy concerns. Recently, the company faced backlash for handing private Facebook messages over to police investigating an alleged illegal abortion in Nebraska.