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Facebook's iOS app now listens for identifiable TV & music when posting status updates

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Facebook on Wednesday launched a new, optional feature that allows its iPhone application to use the device's microphone to listen for and identify television and music content when posting a status update.




The new feature will make it easier for users to say that they are watching a particular show or listening to a certain song, then share that information with their friends. Upon updating the Facebook app, users are presented with an explanation as to how the feature works, and are given the option to turn it on.

To utilize the new listening option, users can begin to create a status update, then click the "mood" icon. The app will then begin listening to identify any content playing, and users can then select the song or TV show to quickly share it with their friend.

If a user decides to turn off the feature, they can do so by tapping the audio icon at the top right of the screen. But if the functionality is left on, the audio icon will move and attempt to detect a match when a user is writing their status update.



Facebook says that none of the sound data is saved, and users are given the choice whether to share with their friends once content is identified.

The update will also allow friends to hear a 30-second preview of a song once it has been posted to Facebook, while television matches will detail the specific season and episode being viewed.

Such capabilities have been present in iOS applications for years, but Wednesday's update marks the first time that Facebook has entered the fray. One of the most well known sound identification applications is Shazam, which Apple is rumored to be partnering with for a new Siri "Song ID" feature in iOS 8.
post #2 of 32
While optional, one more intrusion into our privacy. And I find it hard to believe that they won't save this data and create a rating service out of it, since Facebook's sample sizes will be far larger than anything Nielson does. So one more way for Facebook to make money out of privacy intrusion.

But most people who use Facebook probably won't care. People are frequently post every trivial aspect of their lives and don't mind tell us where they are at any given moment aren't going to care if Facebook reports what TV show they're watching.
post #3 of 32
Yes. Please opt into our 'feature' that Really Really wants to know Exactly what your 'status' is.

Creepy.

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post #4 of 32
Facebook can't even develop a stable app that makes sense and is aesthetically pleasing. Why would I now want to add a feature that's listening to me?
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This is creepy

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how about making it easy for me to view my feed chronologically ("Most Recent"), ala a preference? you know, a feature people actually want?

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users are given the choice whether to share with their friends once content is identified.

 

In other words, even if you opt-out, FB will evesdrop. And who knows what they'll use the data for. The only option they are giving you is whether to post the info on your page.  This is TRULY evil. You would almost think Google had bought FB.

 

Furthermore, with the app running in the background on your iOS device, FB will be CONTINUOUSLY monitoring your microphone (and camera, soon, no doubt).  During your daily activites. During your private conversations.  During your sleep-walking.  During your intimate activities.

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2 Evils
Facebook
Google

Both making news today.
 
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how about making it easy for me to view my feed chronologically ("Most Recent"), ala a preference? you know, a feature people actually want?

 

Exactly, the feed sucks so bad. Everyone says this. Also, updates that show up until you go into an item? They cannot mange real time updates.

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Originally Posted by TeaEarleGreyHot View Post
 
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users are given the choice whether to share with their friends once content is identified.

 

In other words, even if you opt-out, FB will evesdrop. And who knows what they'll use the data for. The only option they are giving you is whether to post the info on your page.  This is TRULY evil. You would almost think Google had bought FB.

 

Furthermore, with the app running in the background on your iOS device, FB will be CONTINUOUSLY monitoring your microphone (and camera, soon, no doubt).  During your daily activites. During your private conversations.  During your sleep-walking.  During your intimate activities.

 

I thought you had to allow the application to use your mic in iOS. I have had more than one program have to ask with a system dialog. The camera and mic are protected resources like your contacts.

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Awesome! Now people can more easily post what they're doing while recipients of said posts won't actually be able to see it because FB's feed sucks a$$. Good job FB! Way to get yourself into a position to gather and sell more of everyone's habit information, without at least providing them something worthwhile in exchange.
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i still can't get over the fact that people think their lives are so important that they feel the need to share everything.

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what if it detected a farting sound?
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How long until this app and others listen in without your permission? (Samsung "smart" TVs already do it.)

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Originally Posted by mac_dog View Post
 

i still can't get over the fact that people think their lives are so important that they feel the need to share everything.

 

No, I think it's rather the reverse.  My life is so important that it's worth protecting my privacy.

post #17 of 32
Another perfect example of going too far with unnecessary features.

Of course it will be used to collect marketing data. That ALL Facebook is FOR!
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Most of you on here are ignorant.... you have to OPT-IN... meaning if you don't want the feature... just ignore it...

 

How easy can it be?

 

It's not an "invasion of your privacy".... it's an option for those who want iOS to auto-detect what they are listening to instead of manually searching for it. A majority of the time I don't put what i'm listening to because I don't want to do the manual search. This would definitely make it easier.

 

However, your ignorance and stupid argument of invasion of privacy proves that a majority of consumer do not know how to use the products they purchase.

 

#ignoranceisnotbliss #endsoapbox

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Originally Posted by Ray Castillo View Post
 

Most of you on here are ignorant.... you have to OPT-IN... meaning if you don't want the feature... just ignore it...

 

 

Yeah because it's not like Facebook would ever change their privacy policy or create apps that don't breach that policy...

 

Facebook Privacy Policy Changes 2005-2010

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/facebook-timeline

 

 

Facebook Apps Breach Privacy Policy

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2010/10/18/facebook-apps-breach-privacy-policy/

 


Edited by freediverx - 5/21/14 at 12:22pm
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Originally Posted by johnnyb0731 View Post
This is creepy

 

Creepy looks at this and says, “Whoa! Not me, man; I have standards.”

 

Originally Posted by danielchow View Post
what if it detected a farting sound?

 

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Whoops, wrong post. Ignore this one 1smile.gif
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Won't be long before Facebook announces 'he's jerking off in the shower, again.
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Originally Posted by Ray Castillo View Post
 

Most of you on here are ignorant.... you have to OPT-IN... meaning if you don't want the feature... just ignore it...

 

How easy can it be?

 

It's not an "invasion of your privacy".... it's an option for those who want iOS to auto-detect what they are listening to instead of manually searching for it. A majority of the time I don't put what i'm listening to because I don't want to do the manual search. This would definitely make it easier.

 

However, your ignorance and stupid argument of invasion of privacy proves that a majority of consumer do not know how to use the products they purchase.

 

#ignoranceisnotbliss #endsoapbox

 

No one here is "ignorant" of the fact that it is an "opt in" feature.  It's pretty naive to be so confident that merely knowing "how to use the product" makes one impervious to privacy breaches.    And calling those who see the flaws here ignorant and stupid puts a capital N on that.

post #24 of 32
Here's one easy recent example of facebook negating a user opt setting just because they can.
 
From the Electronic Privacy Information Center only seven months ago.
 
"Facebook Removes Crucial Privacy Setting for Users’ Names : Facebook has begun removing a privacy setting that allowed users to opt-out from their name being included in its “Graph Search” feature. All users, even those who had previously decided to remove their name from searches, will now be included in Graph Search results."
 
Note how reading facebook's official explanation spins it so hard most people would have no idea that what they opted out of they are now being thrown into.
 
post #25 of 32
Google, Twitter and Facebook uninstall for security and please of mind.
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Originally Posted by danielchow View Post

what if it detected a farting sound?

It'll assume you are watching a Samsung keynote speech.
post #27 of 32

Just when you thought Facebook couldn't get any creepier. Small wonder privacy advocates recommend that you don't use your real birth date when you sign up.

 

You probably shouldn't use your real name nor your own home/work ip either. 

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How the NSA & FBI made Facebook the perfect mass surveillance tool

The National Security Agency and the FBI teamed up in October 2010 to develop techniques for turning Facebook into a surveillance tool.

Documents released alongside security journalist Glenn Greenwald’s new book, “No Place To Hide,” reveal the NSA and FBI partnership, in which the two agencies developed techniques for exploiting Facebook chats, capturing private photos, collecting IP addresses, and gathering private profile data.

According to the slides below...

 

 

post #29 of 32

I use a pseudonym on FB and barely post on there, however this is the tipping point. I've deleted the app from my iPhone, if I bother to check it from now on, it will only be via the browser version.

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Facebook Post to Grandma's wall --

"Sent while watching 'MILF Bangers 14'"
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Originally Posted by mac_dog View Post
 

i still can't get over the fact that people think their lives are so important that they feel the need to share everything.

Posted ironically in that you apparently felt your opinion on their thoughts were so important it had to be shared?

 

Well played.

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Originally Posted by zoetmb View Post

While optional, one more intrusion into our privacy. And I find it hard to believe that they won't save this data and create a rating service out of it, since Facebook's sample sizes will be far larger than anything Nielson does. So one more way for Facebook to make money out of privacy intrusion.

But most people who use Facebook probably won't care. People are frequently post every trivial aspect of their lives and don't mind tell us where they are at any given moment aren't going to care if Facebook reports what TV show they're watching.

But that's the part I don't get: once a person uses that "optional" choice to share information I no longer see an "intrusion into our privacy" issue.

 

While, yes, the attraction to monetize this will be irresistible at some point down the road I agree.

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