TIKTOKERS are falsely claiming that their iPhones are listening to them, selling a long-standing legend.
People have repeatedly questioned whether smartphones and apps can track you using microphones, with some believing it to be the case.
As a user @knoxstudy explained to over a million followers, those are ads that mysteriously appear after you talk about them.
“Once, my wife was doing a crossword puzzle and she asked me what the capital of Peru was,” he said.
“Then I replied by saying the capital was Lima.
“Two or three minutes later, I open Facebook and we go, visit Peru as the first ad.
“Now, no disrespect to people from Peru but I haven’t thought about your country for months maybe years, there’s nothing about me that suggests I’m going to visit Peru.
“I believe it’s listening to you.”
And he’s not alone in reaching the same conclusion, user @seaclamp said he was attacked by advertisements for manscaping products.
“So I ordered it, told my friend I got it, I’m so excited for it,” he said.
He then claims that the ads have stopped, suggesting they’ve given up now because he bought one.
@ ljwalker33 claims the same thing when you see a red light on your iPhone, urging people to go into settings to manually disable microphone permissions.
While apps can actually access your microphone, you’ll get a request alert every time, meaning the app in question isn’t just listening to you 24/7.
Does my phone hear me?
There has never been any evidence that your phone is listening to you this way.
There have been a number of studies investigating whether that is true, but nothing unconfirmed has ever been discovered.
The tech giants behind smartphones and apps have also repeatedly denied it.
While some apps like Facebook hoard a lot of data, it’s highly unlikely that any company secretly records hundreds of millions of people.
And while it may be hard to believe, experts say it’s most likely just a coincidence.
This is because we are exposed to hundreds and thousands of ads every day.
Most of them are ignored but now and again, all of a sudden, one of them will be related to a recent conversation.
Because that conversation is still fresh in your mind, the ad stands out above the rest.
In other news, Apple has revealed a bunch of New emojis for iPhoneincludes a pregnant man and two saucy icons.
Experts have warned that the future Space launches can be dangerous if “stupid” regimes like Russia don’t stop blowing up the sky creating debris.
And most popular phone since a millennium has been announced, with many people shocked to learn it’s not an iPhone.
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