Oct 28, 2017

Facebook denies 'listening' to conversations

A Facebook executive has denied the social network uses a device's microphone to listen to what users are saying and then send them relevant ads. Rob Goldman, the tech giant's vice-president of ads, was responding to a tweet by PJ Vogt, the presenter of a tech podcast called Reply All. "A co-worker got an ad saying,"So you popped the question!" minutes after he proposed, before he told anyone it had happened," wrote Tori Hoover. "We show ads based on people's interests and other profile information - not what you're talking out loud about," it said. One theory is that the ads and their connection to an individual are purely coincidental - that the ad may have appeared before but had not been noticed because it had no prior relevance.

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