Facebook denies claims of “listening” to its users’ conversations


Facebook’s Messenger app snooping on your phone’s microphone was in the news for a while a year back or so. But at that time, the conclusion was derived that, no it’s not spying on you. However, this has recently brought into attention once again. But this time, it’s the people who have reported to have experience adverts related to their real-life conversations.

Rob Goldman, who is the vice-president of Facebook ads replies to the people’s concerns saying, “I run ads product at Facebook. We don’t – and have never – used your microphone for ads”.

When he was asked by a Twitter user whether this applies to Instagram as well and he replied, “Yes”.

The issue was first addressed recently PG Vogt, who is a presenter for a tech podcast Reply All. PJ Vogt’s original tweet, that asked for Facebook providing explanation for their anomalous activity within the Messenger app, got hundreds of replies.

One Twitter user replies: “At work, happened to me though earlier this year. Working as a barista, got a burn, talked to my partner in person about it, went to Target, bought the burn cream, and saw an ad on FB for the exact product I purchased. Never searched for product either.”

Creepy AF, honestly.

The last time this issue came into everyone’s attention, Facebook made an official statement on its website denying the practice of using voice beacons for targeted adverts.

“We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about,” it said.

Under one theory, the connection between adverts and their connection to a user are considered highly coincidental. It says that the ads may have appeared before but never got noticed because of no prior relevance.

Well, Facebook has once again denied the accusations. What do you think guys? Leave us a comment and we will get back to you.

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