It seems like almost everyone these days has a Facebook. Dogs, grandmothers, and everyone in between are creating profiles on the popular social media site. With so many users and so much information being shared, some people begin to wonder about the safety of it all. Afterall, Facebook seems to know more about you than your family might even know. When does Facebook cross the line of what they do with that information?
It’s no secret that advertisements will pop up on your Facebook, and they will be geared at something you’ve searched for recently. This may be anything from a type of product you bought to the browsing for car insurance that you may have been doing. That’s because Facebook works with advertisers and has been known to sell information to them. Surprisingly, that hasn’t been cause for concern. Now, there are some accusations that Facebook is taking technology too far, and it’s freaking people out.
According to Reddit, many people are coming forward to say that Facebook is listening in on conversations via a mobile microphone. People came to this conclusion after they remembered having conversations with friends or family and then seeing an advertisement pop up that they were just talking about. It’s enough to freak anyone out! Facebook has denied any form of spying. Recently, a worker for Facebook took to Twitter to deny using user’s microphones to come out with targeted advertisements. Many are then left to wonder if it’s just a weird coincidence or if technology really is that advanced and there’s something Facebook is not telling us.
Many believe that it’s just coincidental when they’re talking about something obscure, only to have it show up a few minutes later. Facebook has even confirmed that technically they have the technology to accompany this. That’s because Facebook has a feature that allows users to opt-in so that Facebook can listen to music and television playing in order to help a user create a better status. The company says this is never used for advertising.
At the end of the day, many are siding with Facebook. They say that it’s hard to imagine a company would just throw everything away to use this advanced form of advertising technology. Time will tell if Facebook will eventually utilize this technology in the future.