Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has finally responded to the big question posed by many of his users.
A conspiracy theory has been doing the rounds for years that claims that the site has the ability to listen to user’s phone conversations via the devices’ microphones.
Users have arrived at this conclusion due to them seeing uncannily accurate ads such as posts about new cars just after they have told someone their current one is in for repair or adverts for holidays to countries just after they’ve spoken about.
Of course, Facebook has constantly denied any type of ‘listening in’, instead the ads and selected posts are just a consequence of the company’s clever targeted advertising algorithms.
Zuckerberg when being questioned on the subject called it a “conspiracy theory”. It was one of many questions put to him during his interview in front of politicians at the US Congress where he was in attendance to explain about the company’s data abuse scandal and how it uses data.
Senator Gary Peters who asked the question said, “I hear it all the time, including from my own staff”.
Even though the story has been debunked several times, people still continue to believe they are being listened to when they see new advertisements appearing magically before them.
Zuckerberg, of course, denied Facebook can do such a thing, “You’re talking about this conspiracy theory that gets passed around, that we listen to what’s going on your microphone and we use that for ads,” he said. “We don’t do that.”
Such is the interest in the ‘listening in’ conspiracy theory that Facebook published their own special page in their help section to allay users fears and deny that they would be able to use such a feature.