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#109 Is Facebook Spying on You?

35:00 | Nov 2nd, 2017

31 recommendations

This year we’ve gotten one question more than any other from listeners: is Facebook eavesdropping on my conversations and showing me ads based on the things that I say? This week, Alex investigates. ...Show More


danny recommended:Nov 6th, 2017

Creeepy. Also, well researched

magnus357 recommended:Dec 9th, 2017

your phone listens to you. when the evil dictatorship gets all it's pieces in place be very careful.

pds9797 recommended:Jul 1st, 2020

Such a well told story & so funny, often speak with my friends about targeted adds & how creepy they can be

heyitslauren recommended:Jan 13th, 2020

One of my favorite Reply All episodes, here's a deep dive in how it seems like Facebook is creeping on you.

rmmiller364Jan 13th, 2020

@heyitslauren I reference this episode every single time a friend says “I think Facebook is listening to me...”

mmJan 14th, 2020

@rmmiller364 @heyitslauren I want part two to this episode! Still suspect FB is listening to us 🤔 Now we know that smart speakers are listening to us, it’s not that far of a leap to think that FB is too.

mmJan 14th, 2020

@heyitslauren @rmmiller364 Here’s an episode about how Alexa and their humans listen to everything you say even when it’s not directed to them: “Meet the coders who hear you yell at Alexa" from Prime(d)

heyitslaurenJan 14th, 2020

@mm I didn't know about this podcast! **Adds it to the "to listen" pile**

mmJan 14th, 2020

@heyitslauren Also, have you heard of Underunderstood? It’s like ReplyAll but more about food and tech mysteries. This episode about Grubhub is great: “Recorded for Awesomeness" from Underunderstood

heyitslaurenJan 14th, 2020

@mm GASP NO oh man, this afternoon's laundry folding is going to fly by!

rmmiller364Jan 14th, 2020

@mm @heyitslauren I just put it in my queue!

mm recommended:Jan 14th, 2020

Oh my jeezus...I knew FB was tracking us, but not at *that* level of creepy! I concur with the callers that they’re probably listening to us.

write2tg recommended:Jan 14th, 2020

I know for sure it does; have done my own ‘experiments’ to confirm how my odd or funny words and phrases started showing up on Insta, Amazon, FB etc. But is ‘privacy’ something we have to give up in order to get greater access to a variety of content that’s targeted to us? Or is this ‘personalizatio...Show More

mmJan 14th, 2020

The level of data they're gathering about us crazy! Also, you might be interested in this episode that's a terrific interview with Recode's Kara Swisher called "Suck Our Data and Sell it Back": More

write2tgJan 14th, 2020

@mm Ah! Thanks will check it out.

jennx recommended:Jul 30th, 2020

Facebook can follow you off the app to show you creepy targeted ads.

I thought this episode was:

🧐 Intriguing

kigord recommended:Feb 16th, 2020

Found it insightful on many topics regarding personal internet privacy

aliceko recommended:Jan 16th, 2020

Wow. Scary stuff, yet important. This happened to a friend of mine. Should we be scared of our phones now? How do we 'mute' our phones?... Great tips on how to 'remove' ad settings on FB. That alone is worth listening to this episode.