Facebook say they're not listening to your phone calls

6 June 2016
Facebook phone calls

Facebook care about your privacy, that's why they're introducing an encrypted version of their Messenger app.

And if you just spat your tea out at the idea of Facebook being a caring company when it comes to your privacy, then we take you over to the story where they've been accused of listening in on users' conversations.

Facebook have officially denied that they're listening to people's phone conversations, saying that they only access people's microphones for advertised features.

People have accused the social network of eavesdropping through the microphone on smartphones, in a bid to better target advertising, based on the things you've been nattering to your chums about.

Facebook say: "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."

They continued: "We only access your microphone if you have given our app permission and if you are actively using a specific feature that requires audio."

"This 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."

Of course, if you want to turn off microphone permissions to Facebook, you can do so in your privacy settings on Android or iOS.

TOPICS:   Privacy   Social Media

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