Is my phone listening to me? We tested it, here's what happened

Is my phone listening to me? We tested it, here's what happened

Just about everyone who uses popular social media apps like Facebook and Instagram can tell you an anecdote about advertisements popping into their feeds that are so acutely targeted to them it’s like the apps are listening to their conversations.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called it a ‘conspiracy theory’ that the app accesses the microphone on a person’s phone to listen to conversations and, in turn, target news feeds with related ads.

But it happens so often to people that it gives even the least conspiracy-minded pause, people like WWL-TV Photojournalist Adam Copus.

49 Comments

  1. Necole Parker on January 4, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    Yes they do listen everytime i entono something it pops up he’s a liar does anybody tell the truth any more

  2. Ariel Perez on January 4, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    This was kind of strange. I was on break in the break room at my previous job. I ate and was just chilling on my phone waiting for my lunch to be over. Before my break was over, a coworker offered me a slice of pizza that he ordered and brought in the work. We sat there eating pizza and we talked. I asked him where did he buy the pizza and he answered "dugout pizza". We destroyed the pizza and went back to work.

    At the end of my shift…i got in my car and opened my GPS. My GPS had one of those rating things open and it was asking me "how was your experience at dugout pizza"? 😳 I….never been there. I ate it for the first time in the break room at my job. Wth is that about?

  3. Aby Hamdy on January 4, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Uninstalled Facebook and never got ads again or just speak in codes

  4. jogge464 on January 4, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    I was thinking out loud in german, though i never use german sites, i’m not german, i don’t do anything tying me to the language at all other than i studied it in high school many years ago. 5 minutes after i was thinking it out loud, boom, a youtube ad in german… Indisputable proof that they’re listening and analyzing constantly, they’re just lying to avoid having it regulated

  5. Septimius Severus on January 4, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    They are lying about not listening.

  6. Equalizer TIME on January 4, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    THEY WILL LIE TO YOUR FACE AND USE THE TRUTH!

  7. hidden hidden on January 4, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    This is really happening it happened to me a lot of times

  8. Robert Sherman on January 4, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    If you want to avoid the prophetic truths of the book 1984, then live your technology life like people did in the time 1984.

  9. pink&confidantP2Me on January 4, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Do you seriously think Facebook and Instagram are going to admit there selling everyone’s personal information No there not they don’t want to get into trouble and be sued so why even ask the only thing you can do is 1 forget about it or spend your entire life trying to prove them it will drain your energy so you mise well just live your life and let them burn later

  10. NotKrispy on January 4, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    This video is one of the creepiest things I’ve ever watched. At thirty seconds in for some reason they coded the audio to only play from a right audio channel so I heard someone speaking even though I didn’t have my right earbud in and I thought I was going crazy for a second.

  11. NiqhtAura on January 4, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    I swear YouTube show search results before I even think abt it

  12. Aarya on January 4, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Who r from rishi pedia

  13. sam daniels on January 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    So stop using the internet!!;;,,,it is killing people every day!!;;,,,drop this Stoopid device,,,so don’t just complain;;;,,,stop using now,,join me with the one hundred people stoping the curupted killing machine;;;

  14. Nintendo Nostalgia Remastered on January 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Same thing happens to me all the time. Just yesterday I was sharpening my kitchen knife for the first time in my life. The next day I get YouTube video’s suggesting me to watch knife sharpening video’s. I had not told anyone I was sharpening the knife, nor did I search anything on the subject online.
    Every time occurrences like these happen it just feels way too suspicious to just be random. Either that or I’m going crazy.

  15. sam daniels on January 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    They are watching,,try this scenario,,it’s true they are watching you’re actions!!;,,,

  16. Only The Best on January 4, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Smart phone is Constant surveillance device that’s what is is

  17. Ed Axeman on January 4, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Who’s so stupid they didnt know this?? Pull your head out of your asses! 🤦‍

  18. Larry Beckham on January 4, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    The Heart song that seems most appropriate is "Barracuda"!

  19. LargeFriesPlease on January 4, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    I was singing “how deep is your love” and after 2 min the video was recommended to me on YouTube. I swear I didn’t search it up (my search history doesn’t even have record of that) it’s so freaky.

  20. Paloma Healing on January 4, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    It also reads your mind too..Test it, just think about a question you have about something or anything that you are concerned with! And you’ll see what I’m saying…

  21. Nicholas Guccione on January 4, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Truly amazing. The other day, I was in a locked closet in a basement in Uganda, and only thinking about how to build a nuclear bomb (while I was sleeping), and I got the instructions for it on my news feed! Crazy. All I need now is the plutonium, and I’m good to go. Alexa said go to ——– and I’ll have all I need. I’m flying out there tomorrow.

  22. TI on January 4, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Is this real?

  23. Everything Videos on January 4, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    I’ll be glad when Facebook it took down for good. I see bull$hit ads all the time I don’t even care about.

  24. Joan McCants on January 4, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Yes, Many Modes Are Deployed & Designed To Targets Certain Subjects.
    It Is Supposed To Be Regulatated Per States However, There Are Vices & Biases Among Each Regulatory Procedure At Risk In Those States.
    You Know Where You Live & What That State Is About. You Should Be Aware Of The Historical Truths Of Your State.
    Ironically, I Know My State & It’s History & It’s Lack Of Dignity, The Tactics Of Ignorance Assaults Displayed To Cultural Misfits & How They Are Ran Per County. I Know What I Know, I Know What Judicial Deprivation Is But Better Than The Historical Means Of The Subjective Displays At Work, There Are, NO REAL DENIAL MECHANISMS OF VALUE IN THE YEARS OF THE HISTORY OF THIS STATE. THIS CAN BE SEEN WITHOUT MUCH LIGHT.

  25. toon edits on January 4, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    This is called ‘Frequency Illusion’

  26. Hector Romero on January 4, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    This phones pick up commercial on tv

  27. E Briegel on January 4, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    It’s only a conspiracy theory until it comes true… F$ck Joe Biden….

  28. Pamula Helms on January 4, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    There was one night I staying at my friend’s apt and his girlfriend was there. and him and his girlfriend was talking and friend said something to her. And the weird thing of it is his phone said something out of the blue, and we all three just looked at each other. None of us was on our phones talking. My friend his girlfriend was playing a game on their cell phone. girlfriend said that wrong how your cell phone is working. He has seen his Metro phone do this for yrs. Different new Metro cell phone every time. He always got a new cell phone number each times for years.. still had the same problem yrs.

  29. kenan bakıcı on January 4, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    When will the government have the regulations for this? Is there anyone who knows if there is any backfire against this in any state? If America cannot lead on these type of regulations to prevent capturing sounds for keywords , in third world countries we cannot do it. You develop the technology. Please do something.

  30. MirceaD28 on January 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    I still have some Sony Ericsson phones put away, ready for the moment to switch back. Good luck track me on those phones that have no apps and runs on Symbian OS.

  31. 永実 on January 4, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    Why is the audio only playing on the left in the beginning and off and on throughout the video

  32. Wyatt Browningsmith on January 4, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    I think this theory has been floating around for the past five years or more.

  33. 1967250s on January 4, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Go into all your app settings, everyone! Look for the tracking settings, and shut them the he’ll off! Every one, especially google, facebook, anything! They are using you, yes, You, as a target for adverts. And if they are, guess who else is getting that info? Government, big pharma, anybody that want s your money, your loyalty, your soul! Find the videos on shutting off the bastard. Learn not to spill your best secrets all over the Net!

  34. Ralph Wiggum on January 4, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    I swear too god. I just played ping pong with my niece. I never was that into it, although I did know some tricks. I never googled it or anything. That’s when all of a sudden, I get a youtube ad saying “best ping pong rackets. I click off the video, go to the next one, and I get an ad saying “course to help you counter topspin in ping pong.”

  35. S M on January 4, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Oh boy are they listening and TRACKING YOUR WHERE ABOUTS …….

  36. WOWSUCHYEET on January 4, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    why is the audio like this

  37. Equalizer TIME on January 4, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    THEY LISTEN EVEN IF YOUR NOT ON ANY APPS THEY ARE MURDERER’S LIAR’S AND THIEVES AND ITS NOT EVEN FUNNY !!

  38. Saundra Quarles on January 4, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Yup I have notitce this to crazy

  39. Tyrone Brown on January 4, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    THEY ARE LYING . THEY DAMN SURE LISTEN TO YOU . THIS IS A COMMUNIST COUNTRY NOW UNTIL WE GET RID OF SHITTY BRITCHES .

  40. The Relaxation Station on January 4, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Buy a real phone.. with a cord that’s attached to the wall. Get rid of all your technology.

  41. Mitja Pintar on January 4, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    They r super smart with ads. you know ur ads are standard for ur internet use, than you meet with old friend and all of sudden ur ads change, not due to them listening to you two, but the fact that you two are together on a coffie. We did a test with FB messenger pictures, so friend sent me picture of homemade grill for meat, guess what? next ad how to make homemade grill (on my phone), but i never google it or anything, so i tried to sending it to other people and nothing happen. They base ads on people who are near you not just you, either due to mistake or to kick start conversations to increase ad value

  42. Hakeem Shamsul on January 4, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    It’s happened to me so many times

  43. then benagcz on January 4, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Report all ads you see

  44. Lin on January 4, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    I’m seriously scared right now 😟

  45. carlos pardo on January 4, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    So what about her talking about air bnb? She talked about it and it popped up

  46. apii on January 4, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    My left ear loved this one

  47. Spencer Lupul on January 4, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    this video made me think that the main speaker on my iPhone was broken… maybe don’t mix so hard left and right 😂

  48. Adolf Hitler on January 4, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    I just thought about a random product which i never had do it before and instagram recommended it within 10 min lol

  49. Wxxsldsak Sldsakxvm on January 4, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    it also happens when you type a some kind of thing or word, also apply for just reading some posts

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