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Facebook's new app will allow them to listen to us

You might want to remember this when your phone tells you your Facebook app needs an update...

You might want to remember this when your phone tells you your Facebook app needs an update...

Facebook has announced that there will be a new feature added to their app, which will allow them to tune into our conversations via our own phone microphone.

Pretty scary stuff, right?

The peeps at Facebook have said it will be used for harmless things like identifying a song or TV show you’re currently listening to, which is pretty creepy on its own. Then, you realise that if they can hear your surroundings, they can definitely hear your private conversations, too.

Facebook have explained that the feature will be opt in only, but given a lot of people don’t read the fine print, it’s likely we’ll be clicking ‘yes’ on autopilot and before we know it Facey will know who we’re crushing on and what mum is cooking for dinner.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has been in the public eye for abusing privacy. Just a few months ago, they were scrutinised for receiving millions of dollars for working with the National Security Agency’s PRISM – a controversial public electronic data surveillance program – which CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially denied.

The concern is that information gathered by listening to its billions of users could be sold for huge profits to larger corporations looking for a better insight into our tastes.

The app is yet to be released and there is a petition to stop the new feature here.

Do you think Facebook has gone too far this time?