A Facebook user is convinced bosses at the social media website are spying on her, after two adverts popped up for random products she’d just been chatting about.
Tyler Mears had been talking about some very unusual things – and the next day adverts appeared on her timeline.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied the social network uses your phone’s microphone to listen to your conversations and target you with ads, but despite this anecdotal reports keep surfacing.
For years now, there’s been an “urban myth” Facebook is using your phone’s microphone to listen to your conversations and target you with ads.
The theory is you chat about something with a friend – a broken washing machine or where you want to go on holiday – and then come across an ad for that very thing or place.
Despite struggling to contain the conspiracy, Facebook has repeatedly denied it.
Mark Zuckerberg has even spoken about it himself, calling it a “conspiracy theory”.
And the Facebook boss denied it again this week when he was questioned in front of US politicians at Congress, where he was quizzed about how the company uses data.
“Yes or no, does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about users?” asked Senator Gary Peters.
“No,” Zuckerberg said.