Facebook will use microphones to capture user data

The social media site announced that a new optional feature will listen in on mobile users to identify what movies, shows or songs they’re listening to.

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 8:55 p.m.

Facebook will soon be listening to its users more closely than ever.

The social media giant announced Wednesday, May 21, that a new feature will save data captured by users’ smartphone microphones.

When writing a status update, users will have the option to use their phone’s microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV, the announcement explains.

“That means if you want to share that you’re listening to your favorite Beyoncé track or watching the season premiere of Game of Thrones, you can do it quickly and easily, without typing.”

Facebook assures users that the feature is optional, and no sound will be stored.

What do you think? Is the new feature invasive or convenient? Do you plan to use it when it becomes available?



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