So I set out and started doing some digging around to find out if our phones are listening to our conversations and showing us ads based on what we are talking about to our friends and family.
Have there been any tests before?
Many other people and even new stations have tested the same theory and all come back with the same results. The problem is that the owners of Instagram and Facebook completely deny all accusations and conspiracy theories that show evidence their apps are listening to our conversations. And showing us ads that are related to the topics we talk about in our day to day lives, I will leave a video link down below that you can look at that goes into more detail about the tests they have done.
Why does it happen or seem like it’s happening?
So sometimes if you think you spoke about something chances are you may have searched it earlier in the week or on a different day. This is the counter-argument of the owners of Facebook and Instagram that their apps do not record your conversations or listen to anything that you were saying.
But it is also known that other apps when you open them up they ask you to allow the use of your microphone. These apps use a software called Alphonso and what this app does Is use your smartphone microphone to listen to what ads your hearing on the TV. It uses audio signals to collect the data from the ads your watching.
This could also be on YouTube or any other media platform. The software does claim that it does not pick up human speech there is a video that goes into more in-depth on this topic and where I actually learnt this information from on YouTube.
How do I limit/stop my phone from listening to my conversations?
If you are an Apple user go into your settings then scroll down until you see privacy then find the microphone setting then from there you can disable anything you do not want to use your microphone and it’s as simple as that.
In conclusion, I do think personally they record and listen to the things you say so they can better advertise to us I believe the Google and all the others do the same but if you’re going to take anything from this post if you want to disable your voice on certain apps just to be a little more safe. You can but in the long run it is just a theory I hope I’ve shed some light on that in this article If you’d like to look at some other work we have done I’ll leave some links down below to other blogs.
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