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January 12, 2018 05:09 PM

Real Or Fake: Is Facebook Spying On You?

Is Facebook spying on you to sell you things? It's been the talk on the KELOLAND News Facebook Page.

Amiee says she was talking with a friend about needing a local beauty sales representative from Avon. She says her phone was on the table with Facebook not open.  And according to her Facebook comment, the next day an Avon popped up on Facebook.

So is Facebook listening to your conversations, then serving you ads based on what you say? We decided to see if it's Real or Fake.

We asked Facebook for you:

"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 not true. We show ads based on people's interests and other profile information – not what you're talking out loud about. We only access your microphone if you have given our app permission and if you are actively using a specific feature that requires audio. 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,” Facebook Spokesperson

Facebook does use your microphone for a feature that identifies TV shows you're watching or music you're listening to if you want to share those things in your status update. But that feature only works if you give the app permission to use your microphone.

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