Creepy post ‘proves Facebook is listening through my mic,’ claims paranoid gadget fan

A TIKTOKER has revived claims that Facebook is spying on users through their smartphone’s microphone.

For years, the social network has been falsely accused of eavesdropping on people’s conversations to serve ads.

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“Scary” incident shared by TikTokerPhoto credit: @bbboi69

But that hasn’t stopped many from thinking it might be real.

TikTok user BBboi69 shared his “scary” story with the app.

In a video, they explain how they set up an entirely new account to interact with a streamer they were “accidentally banned” from.

The person claims they never used the account to search anything else on Facebook.

Not even Marketplace where Facebook users can sell their wares.

They left the account logged into their phone in the background and visited a friend.

When they visited, they asked if they could borrow a charger.

“Then, two hours later, this shows up,” they said.

“That’s scary.”

The pop-up in question was a recommendation from Marketplace for iPhone cables for sale.

Facebook has repeatedly denied such claims, saying it never uses microphone recordings to better target ads.

The tech giant might have a questionable track record when it comes to privacy and security — but it’s almost certainly not snooping on your real-world conversations.

Privacy researchers, computer scientists, tech journalists, and countless other experts have snooped around on this front and found no hard evidence of wrongdoing.

Ads that you think came from your conversations simply show how clever targeted advertising is.

Facebook doesn’t need to spy on your real-world conversations because you’re giving away so much information anyway.

Follow this link and you can download everything Facebook knows about you. Most of you will quickly find that this is an amazing amount of information.

Advertisers may use information from your activity across the web and across devices, even if you’re not logged into Facebook or other services.

You probably know roughly where you live, what your interests are, who you are friends with, how much money you make, your political beliefs and much more.

So if you’re getting ads for something you’ve been talking out loud about, it’s almost certainly only advertisers who are very good at predicting your interests.

Facebook has 2.9 billion monthly active users

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Facebook has 2.9 billion monthly active usersPhoto credit: Getty
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