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Are Facebook and Instagram listening to you? Jeff Rossen investigates tech myths
3 hours agoJeff RossenJoe Enoch
You’re looking to buy some new sunglasses when all of a sudden an advertisement for sunglasses pops up in your Instagram or Facebook feed.
It’s one of those eerie coincidences that make you wonder if Facebook or Instagram are listening to you through your phone or laptop.
TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen teamed with cyber security expert Jim Stickley on TODAY Tuesday to see if that’s true, and take a look at three tech myths to find out what’s real, what’s not, and what kind of changes you can make to better protect your privacy.
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Myth No. 1: Facebook and Instagram are listening to you through your phone or computer.
Answer: No. It just looks like a targeted ad because of all the information those apps gather about your habits.
“Facebook and Instagram, they’re able to build a profile on you based on what you do, so every time you click ‘like,’ every time you click on an ad, the apps you install, even the things not directly related to Facebook, still have partnerships oftentime with Facebook,” Stickley said.
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