Facebook Is Not Listening To Our Conversations: It Doesn’t Need To

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Facebook Is Not Listening To Our Conversations: It Doesn’t Need To
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg must be breathing a sigh of relief by now after a tough week marked by two days of grilling on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers seemed to struggle to understand how the platform really works, which highlights how little understanding most users probably have. Some are suggesting that Zuckerberg was not keen on actually explaining how the social network works, and a continuing lack of understanding could support that.

Is Facebook listening to us?

One line of questioning that was raised during this week’s congressional testimonies was about Facebook listening to users and tapping what is learned to target ads at them. A senator asked Zuckerberg whether Facebook monitors the messages he sends through WhatsApp, which the company also owns. Zuckerberg said the main platform isn’t able to see users’ WhatsApp messages, but that hasn’t calmed fears about Facebook listening in on conversations.

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It’s certainly easy to see why users are so worried about the matter, but what most consumers don’t under