Unlike its competitors, however, Facebook’s device could feature a camera and microphones that would work with the platform’s video service. That might also allow the company to tap into fun extras, like augmented reality, face effects and interactive stories.
But the main focus will be on streaming: The Information noted in July that Facebook approached Netflix and Disney about adding their content to its hardware. Those companies did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Facebook’s device could come at a time where users are still weary of the company’s privacy practices. An Illinois lawsuit accused Facebook of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act by illegally collecting and storing millions of users' data.