Fresh fears of Face­book

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FACE­BOOK has ad­mit­ted it could record short clips of cus­tomers us­ing its new video chat de­vice.

It had vowed the prod­uct – known as Por­tal – will not col­lect any data from users. How­ever, it says some short voice and video clips may now be tem­po­rar­ily stored to help ex­perts spot glitches in the sys­tem.

The rev­e­la­tion comes as Face­book tries to clean up its image, fol­low­ing a year of bad pub­lic­ity in which the firm was ac­cused of be­tray­ing users’ trust and fail­ing to keep young­sters safe.

The ad­mis­sion that it will hold Por­tal own­ers’ video and voice data is likely to alarm po­ten­tial buy­ers of the tablet that is ded­i­cated to video calls.

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