Is Facebook Listening In To Your Conversations?
Here's how to see if your convos are being recorded by the app.
You know that really hilarious joke about your ex that you sent your BF over Facebook messenger? And that time you sent her another about how weird that girl you used to go to school with's hair is these days?
Well you might want to think twice before sharing too many private convos over the app in future as one expert is claiming that Facebook could be listening in - not just on your written exchanges but to what's going on in the room where you're usingit too.
It might not come as much of a surprise to hear this as the alterations in their terms and conditions with regards to privacy have been the centre of discussion before, but now a new report reckons the app might be listening and watching how you use the app to help suggest content best suited to you.
According to Professor Kelli Burns, the app doesn't just use text, but uses audio to work out what you like in order to advertise relevant things to you, an idea that reportedly ties in with claims online that people are being advertised products they have mentioned in passing.
Facebook states that they do listen to audio from the US version of the app and also collect data from users, but say that the sounds they record are not used to decide what appears in the app itself.
“Facebook does not use microphone audio to inform advertising or News Feed stories in any way," a spokesperson tellls The Independent. "Businesses are able to serve relevant ads based on people’s interests and other demographic information, but not through audio collection.”
So how do you avoid this sound recording feature on Facebook? Well, you'll need to turn off your microphone in your device's settings as this is how they collect audio.
However, you'll know whether it is recording you or not as when you go to type a post, you'll see a little face with a symbol for soundwaves next to it. This signifies it's recording sound and if you don't see it, you're not being recorded.