In a recent blog post, Facebook denied using its mobile app in order to listen to the conversations of its users. The eavesdropping accusations were made by a South Florida University professor that insisted that the ads that appeared on her Facebook account were consistent with the conversations she had near her phone.
This is not the first time that people suspected Facebook of listening to their conversations. The social media platform was accused of eavesdropping numerous times. Sometimes the plaintiffs argued that Facebook is listening to their private conversations in order to know which adds will be better suited for the said user, others claimed that the social network is doing so in order to pass on the information to a well-paying third party.
The eavesdropping accusations are primarily based on the fact that the app asks the users if they want to activate the microphone feature. The social platform argues that the microphone feature is only activated when the user is engaging in an online activity that requires the use of the microphone. In all other instances, the feature remains activated, but it is not accessed by Facebook.
“Facebook does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed. Some recent articles have suggested that we must be listening to people’s conversations in order to show them relevant ads. That is not true,” the blog entry reads.
The social network continues to say that the ads and News Feed posts are selected by an algorithm. Everything that appears on the profile or Home page of a user is based on what she or he previously “liked”, the information that he or she provided in the “About” section, and the links that the user clicked and lingered on.
In the case in which the eavesdropping accusations made you feel weary, you can to deactivate your “Microphone” feature, the steps are fairly easy.
For iOS users, you must go to the Settings menu, select the Facebook option, and then slide the Microphone button to Off.
For Android users, go to the Apps menu on your phone, select the Settings Menu feature, go to Facebook, scroll down to the Permissions options, and then click Disable Microphone Access.
Don’t be shy and let us know in the comment section if you think that the eavesdropping accusations are real or not.
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