Ever wonder if your phone, computer or social media apps are listening to you secretly? After a simple trick was shared by a man, you can now find out.
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A simple trick has been shared by a man that will let you know if your tech is listening. However, you’ll need to have a friend and patience to do it.
Canadian Morten Rand Hendriksen took to TikTok, @mor10webPeople frequently ask if someone is listening to their conversations.
He devised a test that is very simple and shared it on social media with his 11,000 followers.
Morten explained that it is all that’s necessary to meet up with friends and discuss something that you aren’t familiar with. Then, if Facebook starts suggesting adverts on the topic you want to cover, you can be sure they are listening.
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He said this to TikTok “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.
“For this, you will need a friend as well as 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 trial period, you are prohibited from interacting with any product information.
“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.
“You’ll find that the product is not advertised if you talk about it.”
Morten said that you should then wait a few weeks and then try searching for the product.
He continued: “Next, one of you will do a single Google search for the product on a mobile device. Then see how long it takes that person to receive an advertisement for it and how long it takes the other person get an advert.
“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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While claims that social media apps listen for their users have circulated for some time now, Facebook denies this.
Previously, a spokesperson stated: “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 false.
“We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about.
“Only you and the specific feature you are using require audio access.
“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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