Mark Zuckerberg debunks conspiracy theory that Facebook listens into your phone

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  • Despite denying claims all the way back in 2016, the Internet has been rife with conspiracy theories that Facebook has secretly been recording us through our phones to get more targeted ads.

    During his hearing before the Senate Judiciary & Commerce Committee, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked whether Facebook listens in on you through your phone by Senator Gary Peters.

    “Something that I’ve been hearing a lot from folks who have been coming up to me and talking about a kind of experience they’ve had where they’re having a conversation with friends – not on the phone, just talking. And then they see ads popping up fairly quickly on their Facebook,” Peters explained. “So I’ve heard constituents feat that Facebook is mining audio from their mobile devices for the purposes of ad targeting – which I think speaks to the lack of trust that we’re seeing here.”

    He then continued to ask if this is something Facebook does, “Yes or no: Does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about its users?”

    Zuckerberg replied with a simple, “No” before continuing on:

    “Senator, let me get clear on this, you’re talking about this conspiracy theory that gets passed around that we listen to what’s going on on your microphone and use that for ads. To be clear, we do allow people to take videos on their devices and share those, and videos have audio, so we do while you’re taking a video, record that and use that to make the service is better by making sure your videos have audio, but I think that is pretty clear. But I just wanted to make sure I was exhaustive there.”

    Finally, this conspiracy theory can be put to rest.

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