| ||Ask HN: Do you have examples of Facebook using your microphone for ads?|
49 points by lunchladydoris on Feb 12, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 63 comments |
|A few days ago we had this thread  where someone asked about a Facebook ad that arrived mysteriously on their page. I saw several possible explanations for this in the thread. Later I found a post by Facebook  stating explicitly that it does not use the microphone for ads. I was satisfied, until last night.|
Last night, while we were at home, my wife mentioned to me that she would like to get a storage box to hold her external hard drives. She described her ideal one as a metal box with some sort of foam to hold the drives in place. She had never searched for something like this before and wasn't even aware that something like this existed. A couple hours later, an ad for such a product landed up on her Facebook page. I was a little freaked out.
So, do you have any examples of where something like this has happened to you? Am I being paranoid and this is just a coincidence? Or could Facebook actually be listening in on us?
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