I know that Orwell references have been doing a lot of heavy lifting but the fact the Peloton coaches can see you in your own living room and address you by name is EXACTLY WINSTON DOING HIS MORNING CALISTHENICS EXCEPT HE DIDN’T HAVE TO PAY FOR A PELOTON.— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) April 22, 2019
me: "have people been writing about peloton privacy issues and I just somehow did not notice???"— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) April 22, 2019
*one twitter search later*
It’s also worth noting that the Peloton tablet attached to the bike has a front-facing camera and microphone built into it. Peloton says this can be used for video chatting among members — a feature that almost every single Peloton user I spoke to while writing this story said they’ve never used. How customers feel about the camera and microphone probably depends on whether they’re also the kind of person who covers up their laptop camera and uses encrypted messaging apps, but I’m not embarrassed to say I felt unnerved having a camera aimed at me while I was sweating my way through online classes. One person close to the company told me that Michelle Obama has a Peloton, but it’s been modified, without a camera or microphone. Peloton declined to comment on this at all, as did the press office of Michelle Obama.