UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday during a congressional hearing that the social network is not spying on users using the microphone of their phones.
“We do not collect information through a microphone, we do not have contracts with other companies that would collect this information,” Zuckerberg said.
Facebook is not the first time faced with such accusations. So in 2016, the Independent newspaper wrote that the professor of the University of South Florida Kelly Burns studied the functionality of the mobile application Facebook. She found that the program can listen to conversations of users to display contextual advertising.
In late 2017, social networks again raised a wave of accusations against Facebook. Users assured that the social network application on the phone overhears their conversations, and then uses them to offer advertising. This was confirmed by hundreds of stories.
With a refutation had to speak to the vice-president of Facebook on advertising Rob Goldman. He stated that he was “responsible for advertising” and the network “never used or uses” microphones of users with these purposes.