That’s how they now
Just a PSA for those that have the Facebook Messenger app on their phones, make sure to turn off the microphone permissions, because it blatantly eavesdrops on you. My Roommate and I were talking about specific Yugioh cards one day and then he went and checked his phone and saw multiple ads for the Jurassic World movie, and the real kicker for that was we were talking about making a dinosaur deck and the name of one of the cards in it was Jurassic World. We didn't google the card or anything, we just talked about it a few times during the course of an evening and then Facebook "coincidentally" decided to advertise the movie with the same name
@ManiacalSpy, sorry for the long post, just figured I'd let people know since it was relevant to the photo
@ManiacalSpy, Facebook is terrible in alot of ways
@ManiacalSpy, I'm about to get a ton of ads for toilet paper then.
@ManiacalSpy, but I use it to call my gf all the time am I supposed to turn it off and on multiple times a day every day?
@Hellboi, I mean there are people that don't mind those kinds of things for targeted ads, so if it doesn't bother you then by all means you can leave it. But if it does bother you and you want to shut it off then yeah unfortunately that's probably the best way to do it
@ManiacalSpy, that's just another example of confirmation bias.
They don't use your audio recordings to advertise for you, you just heard that conspiracy theory and now believe it. Think about it, how many hundreds of products do you talk about or reference per day? Statistically speaking, sooner or later it's bound to happen that you talk about a product that you are soon shown ads about.
The problem is, when something like that happens people instantly forget the thousands of products they talked about and didn't get ads on, and focus on that one single time they did get ads, and assume that facebook/google are actually using your recordings that way. Literally confirmation bias.
@Mhael, his specific example may be confirmation bias but tech companies’ ability to create targeted ads from user data is no conspiracy. That was one of the big reasons I stopped using as many google services as possible. Since the switch, about 3-4 months ago, ads have been noticeably more random on all platforms.
@Mhael, while I believe what you said. It is odd that the only vodka I drink is French imported, and I always buy it when crossing the border from the USA. Have never google searched it. And it showed up in my Facebook add feed.
@Mhael, not only that, but the exact reverse. How many times have ads been shown to you, which made you consider looking into the product in the first place. In the above example, Bart was only looking into getting headphones consciously because his subconscious had already seen the ads.
@WhoseLineIsItAnyway, I don't disagree with the fact that targeted ads exist. They obviously have those which they base on stuff like browsing history, facebook posts etc. But one thing they don't do specifically is use audio recordings for targeted ads. They have other uses for those, but definitely not for targeted ads.
@Mhael, I agree with you while simultaneously disagreeing. I know that they have a lot of algorithms and things based on products you might like. However, I’ve had very bizarre things happen to me. For instance, I was talking specifically about the new peanut butter pie Oreos, then the next day got an ad for it. Specifically peanut butter pie Oreos. Another one that happened was a cool backpack a saw...gave this one a pass because I had been looking at college courses recently so that would make sense. Then there was the Tom Ford ad. I have never talked about Tom Ford before. Never looked anything up that they sell or even similar products of a different brand. However, my boyfriend just bought Tom ford sunglasses and has been pretty much talking non stop about them.
TLDR; I agree with you, but it is starting to get a little more than coincidental
I wouldn't be worried about the government learning to read our minds. The tech companies of today grab all the smart people, so if there was a chip created that could read our minds, it would be used to give advertisements and better the tech companies, not aid the government in controlling us.
Might as well get off the internet all together
@megamanx181x, or at least get a VPN.
That's one way to "baked"! Hah!
So I'm not the only one who has this happen!
South Park season 19 prophesied this