Zuckerberg tells Congress Facebook is not listening to you through your phone

Zuckerberg tells Congress Facebook is not listening to you through your phone
From TechCrunch - April 10, 2018

FacebookCEO Mark Zuckerberg officially shot down the conspiracy theory that the social network has some way of keeping tabs on its users by tapping into the mics on peoples smartphones. During Zuckerbergs testimony before the Senate this afternoon, Senator Gary Peters had asked the CEO if the social network is mining audio from mobile devicessomething his constituents have been asking him about, he said.

Zuckerberg denied this sort of audio data collection was taking place.

The fact that so many people believe that Facebook is listening to their private conversations is representative of how mistrustful users have grown of the company and its data privacy practices, the Senator noted.

I think its safe to say very simply that Facebook is losing the trust of an awful lot of Americans as a result of this incident, said Peters, tying his constituents questions about mobile data mining to their outrage over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Questions about Facebooks mobile data collection practices arent anything new, however.

In fact, Facebook went on record back in 2016 to statefull stopthat it does not use your phones microphone to inform ads or News Feed stories.

Despite this, its something that keeps coming up, time and again. The Wall Street Journal even ran an explainer video about the conspiracy last month. And yet none of the reporting seems to quash the rumor.

People simply refuse to believe its not happening. Theyll tell you of very specific times when something they swear they only uttered aloud quickly appeared in their Facebook News Feed.

Perhaps their inability to believe Facebook on the matter is more of an indication of how preciseand downright creepyFacebooks ad targeting capabilities have become over the years.

Peters took the opportunity today to ask Zuckerberg this question straight on today, during Zuckerbergs testimony.


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