Is Facebook Listening To You Through Your Phone?
I sure hope not. Suggested posts on "how to get a life" would pop up on my newsfeed daily.
Regardless, some people are unhappy with the thought of their Facebook app listening into their phone conversations.
According to the Independent UK, a University of South Florida professor, Kelli Burns believes Facebook really is listening.
Professor Burns has said that the tool appears to be using the audio it gathers not simply to help out users, but might be doing so to listen in to discussions and serve them with relevant advertising. She says that to test the feature, she discussed certain topics around the phone and then found that the site appeared to show relevant ads."
Burns tried it out for the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.
Kelli enabled the microphone feature and talked about her desire to go on safari, right down to her mode of transportation. “I’m really interested in going on an African safari. I think it’d be wonderful to ride in one of those jeeps,” she said aloud, phone in hand."
The story goes on to show that indeed the first post on her Facebook feed "was a safari story that seemed to pop up out of nowhere."
I tried it a couple of times and didn't get exactly the same response that Burns received. I asked Siri about cheesecake hoping to see something about cheesecake in my Facebook newsfeed.
What I got instead was a bunch of food. So I'm either hoping that Facebook is listening or I don't have any friends that like cheesecake.
Do you think Facebook is listening? Do you feel that it's an invasion of privacy?