09/07/2017 (Thu) 22:52:23
One of the comments points to Facebook's official response at https://newsroom.fb.com/news/h/facebook-does-not-use-your-phones-microphone-for-ads-or-news-feed-stories/
>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.
>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.
Typical lawyer dodge. They could've clearly stated that they don't record audio in the background without giving visual/audial or any sensible clues to the user. But they didn't.
The first paragraph:
They deny that they they directly inform ads or they change a News Feed according to the content of an ongoing conversation. They don't deny recording, informing themselves
about the content of the conversation, and they don't deny Facebook giving you ads regarding the content of the information (which is phrased as "people's interest" in the third sentence).
The second paragraph:
>and if you are actively using a specific feature that requires audio
Like using the telemetry feature.
>This might include
My favorite phrase. Commonly used when you don't want to list all the features.
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