Have you ever wondered if hardware like your phone or computer, or software like social media apps, are secretly listening to you? Now you’ll be able to find out after a man shared a simple trick
A man has shared a simple trick that will tell you if your tech is listening to you – but you’ll need a friend and some patience to try it yourself.
Canadian Morten Rand Hendriksen took to TikTok, @mor10web, is a tech expert and is regularly asked by people if someone could be eavesdropping on their conversations.
He decided to devise a test, which is incredibly simple, and he’s now shared it with his 11,000 followers on social media so they can try it for themselves.
Morten said all you have to do is meet up with a friend and talk about something specific that you wouldn’t normally talk about – then, if Facebook starts recommending adverts about that topic you know they are listening.
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Taking to TikTok, he said: “They’re all listening, but I know you won’t listen to me when I say that so here’s an experiment you can perform for yourself.
“You need a friend for this and you need a lot of patience.
“So you and a friend, or a family member or someone, agree to talk about a product or service any time your together – and the key is you can only talk about it when it’s just the two of you.
“During the test period, you can never interact with anything that mentions the product in any way.
“So not interaction with the product, only talk about it, and only when the two of you are together, and keep your phones handy when you do that.
“More than likely, what you’ll discover is, as long as you’re just talking about it the product doesn’t show up in ads.”
Morten said that you should then wait a few weeks and then try searching for the product.
He continued: “Then one of you do a single search for the product on a device and see how long it takes before that person gets an advert for it, and how long it takes for the other person to get an advert for it.
“You’ll quickly discover your conversations are ignored but the second you do any kind of text input on a device everything gets picked up immediately.”
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Claims that social media apps listen to their users have been circulating for some time, but Facebook denies it.
Previously, a spokesperson said: “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.”
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