Woman says Facebook is spying on her calls after being bombarded with sauna ads

Adelaide Bracey, 23, of Sydney, Australia, was shocked after targeted adverts for saunas came up on her page after she and her friends had a conversation about hot tubs

A woman believes she has evidence that Facebook is spying on conversations via her mobile phone.

Adelaide Bracey, 23, thinks that the social media giant targeted adverts on her app after listening to her phone calls.

The children’s entertainer had been speaking to her friends about saunas a few weeks previously before noticing adverts for saunas cropping up on her social media page.

Adelaide from Sydney, Australia, is also concerned about a number of other ‘creepy’ adverts that have been coming up on her page.

She told The Australian : “I didn’t Google it — and then it comes up as an ad on my Facebook. It’s ­really creepy.

If I type something in once or search for something, it follows me for the next few days, and sometimes it comes up even when you haven’t Googled it, but if I’ve spoken about it with a friend.”

Adelaide also runs her own children’s entertainment company called Periwinkle Parties.

And despite not having any kids of her own, she says she often sees adverts for children’s schools.

Online behaviour is monitored using ad trackers, and by gathering data, the marketing company can target advertisements online.

There has been debate surrounding whether companies like Facebook are listening into conversations.

However, so far there has not yet been any concrete evidence that can confirm that the social media giant is recording conversations.
In 2016, Facebook released a statement denying claims that conversations are listened into.

It said: “Facebook does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed.

“Some recent articles have suggested that we must be listening to people’s conversations in order to show them relevant ads. This is not true.

“We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about.”

The company says it will only access a microphone if the app has been given permission and if you are using a specific feature that needs audio.