Why everyone is so convinced Facebook is spying on their conversations

Bipul Lama believes Facebook is spying on him. ;

And he’s got proof, sort of. Lama performed a test. For two days, all he talked about was Kit-Kats. ;

“The next day, all I saw on my Instagram and Facebook were Kit-Kat ads,” Lama said. ;

After his Kit-Kat experiment, he successfully repeated it with chatter about Lysol. The 23-year-old musician is now more convinced than ever that Facebook is listening to his conversations through his phone’s microphone. ;

“It listens to key words. If you say a word enough times, the algorithm catches those words and it sets off targeted ads,” Lama theorized. ;

Lama is far from alone. The belief that Facebook is actively listening to people through their phones has become a full-on phenomenon. Facebook has, of course, denied it does this. That has done little to dampen the ongoing paranoia around the theory. Read more…

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