Skip to comments.Facebook Wants To Spy On You Via Hidden Inaudible TV Ad Messages
Posted on 06/26/2018 4:48:32 PM PDT by vannrox
Social media giant Facebook continues to ramp up the creepy factor. According to a recently filed patent, Facebook wants to spy on you by hiding inaudible messages in TV ads.
Facebook has filed a patent for a system that hides audio clips in TV commercials. These sounds would be so high-pitched that they are inaudible to human beings. They would then trigger your phone to record all the background noises in your home. The patent application is called “broadcast content view analysis based on ambient audio recording.”
According to The Daily Mail, these secret messages would force your phone to record the audio of the private conversations you have without you even knowing. According to a patent application by the social media platform, clips taken of your background conversations and your movements across a room would help advertisers determine whether or not you are watching their promotions.
According to the patent, originally discovered by Metro, the system would use “a non-human hearable digital sound” to activate your phone’s microphone. This noise, which could be a sound so high-pitched that humans cannot hear it, would contain a “machine recognizable” set of Morse code-style beeps. Once your phone “hears” or recognizes the trigger, it would begin to record the “ambient noise” in the home, such as the sound of your air conditioning unit, plumbing noises from your pipes, and even your movements from one room to another. Your phone would even listen in on “distant human speech” and “creaks from thermal contraction”, according to the patent.
Facebook is currently working on the controversial software too, said a patent application published on June 14 this year. If you’re like the rest of us, you might think this sounds like an Orwellian nightmare technology which will let Big Zucker intrude upon the lives of millions of unsuspecting people in unprecedentedly terrifying ways.
The tech is going to be used to monitor what people watch on their “broadcasting device” so that the adverts they are shown on Facebook are likely to appeal to them. This would also allow companies to get an accurate sense of the size of the audience which has viewed their promotion. Thats what Facebook says in its patent, however, there is absolutely no mention of spying on our private lives, invading our privacy, recording our intimate conversations, and forcing advertising into the heart of our homes whatsoever.
Just a tad creepy. NOT in MY house !
How can this possibly be legal? If true (BIG “if”!) then shouldn’t Suckerturd be heading to jail for trying this?
My hi tech son says he might believe it if someone has a patent number to research.
You would think so. What the Left gets away with is UnFreakin’ Believable.
And why on earth does your phone have a receptor to these covert signals to turn on your microphone (and camera eye)?
It would require that you have their app installed on your phone, and that you give that app access to the microphone. Same with your computer. Most desktop systems don't even have a microphone... FB wants to know everything about you. Don't let them. If your phone or TV have the FB app installed, delete it.
There’s always more than one way to do something with software, and Facebook won’t be the only company doing it. I don’t have a smartphone, and other telephones are best used with noise canceling microphones.
Nice picture of Zuckerburg, by the way. ;-)
Would this be legal in a two party wiretap rule state?
Or, is FB powerful enough that they could point to some hard-to-find clause in their user agreement and get away with it?
Advantage to “old people’s phones” with no smart features.
Sounds like BS.
Sue them into oblivion. Breach of privacy.
Would probably do very well in all-party consent states.
Shoving it into an enormous eula isnt going to fly either.
I’m buying more tin foil and then it’s back to the bunker for me.
I just bought a new TV and made sure NOT to get a “smart TV”. We don’t get cell phone coverage on my property either.
of course desktops and laptops have mikes.
what do you think Skype does?
read your lips??
Arent you cute? You think you have a choice. :-)
Fakebook is just for women to spy on each other and chat and read their news feed
Instagram is for kids to post outrageous videos. Nothing more
Ok back to a REAL website
Free republic. Thank you Jim
When the article says “your phone” does it mean any phone or a smart phone. I ask because I do not own a smart phone. I have my daughters old Motorola flip phone. I still however,have a land line.
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