Facebook in a press release has denied charges that it uses its members’ phone’s microphone for Ads or News Feed Stories.
The online social networking service said on its website “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. This is not true. We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about.”
The charges came against the background of an article in The Independent which reported that a communications professor from USF noticed Facebook serving ads with topics similar to stuff she’d discussed near her phone.
Facebook, however, stated that it only access users microphone if they have given the company’s app permission and if they are actively using a specific feature that requires audio.
This the company said, “might include recording a video or using an optional feature we introduced two years ago to include music or other audio in your status updates.”
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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