Suspicions that Facebook (and associated applications such as Instagram) secretly record audio through telephone microphones to better advertise have refused to die, despite official denials dating to 2016. In today's Senate hearing, Mark Zuckerberg He addressed the urban legend once again, uttering an absolute negation.
"Yes or no, does Facebook use the audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about users?" Asked Senator Gary Peters (D-MI).
"No," Zuckerberg replied firmly.
He went on to explain that Facebook has access to audio when people record videos on their Facebook devices, but otherwise they do not have access to their microphone.
"Fortunately that will dissipate a lot of what I've been hearing," said Peters, before continuing his interrogation. The senator said he heard the conspiracy theory of many people, including his staff.
The complete answer of Zuckerberg follows below:
Senator, let me clarify about this, you are talking about this conspiracy theory that ignores that we hear what is happening in your microphone and use it for announcements. To be clear, we allow people to take videos on their devices and share them, and the videos have audio, for what we do while you take a video, register it and use it to make the service better by making sure your videos I have audio, but I think that's pretty clear. But I just wanted to make sure it was exhaustive there.