Back in 2016, Facebook denied the allegation that the social media listens in on your conversations via microphones in order to better target ads. During the joint hearing before the Senate Judiciary & Commerce Committees, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced the same question, which he addressed with an absolute denial.
Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) asked Mr. Zuckerberg whether his company used audio from personal devices for ad targeting with a “yes or no,” he adamantly responded “no.” Then he explained that Facebook does have audio access, but only when users record videos on their devices for the social network. Otherwise, it doesn’t have any access to your microphone.
Here is Mark Zuckerberg’s full answer:
Senator, let me get clear on this, you’re talking about this conspiracy theory that gets passed around that we listen to what’s going on on your microphone and use that for ads. To be clear, we do allow people to take videos on their devices and share those, and videos have audio, so we do while you’re taking a video, record that and use that to make the service is better by making sure your videos have audio, but I think that is pretty clear. But I just wanted to make sure I was exhaustive there.
Well, Mr. Zuckerberg said his point. Now, it’s completely up to you whether you are satisfied or not. However, due to the recent data scandal, it seems to be difficult for everyone to put back trust on Facebook.