Sunday, June 05, 2016

Facebook is 'Big Brother," more dangerous than NSA - YOU are a 'Person of Interest'

I've always been wary of Facebook. I always thought it was sneakier, more intrusive and invasive and catering to society's "sheeple"[1] in a grand fashion eclipsing that of the much-despised AOL back in the late 1990's.

Don't get me wrong. I know a lot of wonderful people who correctly use Facebook as a personal or business connection tool, but there are also a wide selection of idiots who spread memes and chain letters and misinformation like there's no tomorrow.

According to, Facebook is listening in on the conversations you have when your phone is nearby and the app is open. It's also likely Zuck is listening ALL THE TIME (see the insert below) - It’s not for advertising purposes, the company claims. Instead, it simply wants to help you post easier and faster, to know about the kind of content you might be consuming, as it hunts for background noise to identify TV shows or music.

Can it be stopped? says it can. You can restrict Facebook’s access to the iPhone or Android device’s microphone in order to limit its reach. How to turn it off? Instructions after the jump. 

[1] Sheeple: People unable to think for themselves. Word Spy defines it as "people who are meek, easily persuaded, and tend to follow the crowd (sheep + people)."
From the UK Independent website:
Turning off the microphone in a phone’s settings is relatively easy, and since it can be done at the level of the operating system, doing so will mean that Facebook can’t turn it on even if it wanted to. It’s done on an iPhone by heading to the app’s settings, clicking through to privacy and switching the slider for microphone; on Android phones, head to settings and then privacy, and change the permissions that the Facebook app is given.

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