Facebook users have continually been concerned that mobile apps on the social media platform, including Instagram, listen to our conversations. It is such a widespread concern that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to address this issue in a hearing at the Privacy Congress this week, where he qualified the notion of "conspiracy theory".
I hate to pass it on to everyone, but as far as we can tell, Facebook's espionage is a myth. Although I understand why the myth exists. People see eerily accurate ads, sometimes about things they just discussed with friends, and they have to wonder what is really going on behind the scenes. How does Facebook know what I'm talking about, and why are these ads serving me right now?
It is not their actual conversations that lead to the targeting of ads; It's everything else you do offline and online. The company knows its browsing habits due to followers like its own Facebook Pixel and the "Like" buttons throughout the Internet that inform about their web activity. He also knows his self-identified demography; its location due to its application permissions; your friends and family; your purchases in the real world; and how you look because of your loaded photos. The company knows a lot about you! It's just not what you say, exactly. Also, it would violate the wiretapping laws, and Facebook really does not need to go that far to confirm what you already know about us.