Was This the Right Time for Facebook to Debut Its Portal Video Device?

The social network is under intense pressure over privacy

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Under intense scrutiny over privacy and its handling of user data, Facebook apparently believes people will welcome a Facebook device, complete with a camera that follows people around the room, into their homes.

Facebook officially introduced its Portal ($199) and Portal Plus ($399) video communications devices Monday morning, saying that they are now available for pre-order in the U.S., with shipments to begin next month. But while the company is betting the average Facebook user will want a device, experts say the social giant is exhibiting a special kind of tone-deafness.




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