Is Mark Zuckerberg spying on you? Oh, yes, absolutely. Is he secretly recording your voice like, all the time? Probably not. As per the BBC, Facebook was once again compelled to shoot down rumours it is secretly hijacking computer and mobile device mics to covertly record conversations after Reply All presenter PJ Vogt raised the issue during a recent podcast. After people who called in to the show related a number of eerie anecdotes -- mostly regarding product ads showing up for items that were allegedly only brought up in verbal conversation -- Facebook advertising V.P. Rob Goldman responded on Twitter.
"I run ads product at Facebook," Goldman said. "We don't -- and have never -- used your microphone for ads. Just not true."The reasons behind the rumours are understandable -- Facebook's global denomination and rights to everything users put into it tend to conjure ominous implicationsin the popular mind. Many if not most of those worries are justified. But the reasons to be sceptical of this particular rumour are largely practical, rather than divinations of Facebook's true intentions.