Facebook Wants To Spy On You Via Hidden Inaudible TV Ad Messages

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

Social media giant Facebook continues to ramp up the creepy factor. According to a recently filed patent, Facebook wants to spy on you by hiding inaudible messages in TV ads.

Facebook has filed a patent for a system that hides audio clips in TV commercials. These sounds would be so high-pitched that they are inaudible to human beings. They would then trigger your phone to record all the background noises in your home. The patent application is called “broadcast content view analysis based on ambient audio recording.”

According to The Daily Mail, these secret messages would force your phone to record the audio of the private conversations you have without you even knowing. According to a patent application by the social media platform, clips taken of your background conversations and your movements across a room would help advertisers determine whether or not you are watching their promotions.

According to the patent, originally discovered by Metro, the system would use “a non-human hearable digital sound” to activate your phone’s microphone. This noise, which could be a sound so high-pitched that humans cannot hear it, would contain a “machine recognizable” set of Morse code-style beeps. Once your phone “hears” or recognizes the trigger, it would begin to record the “ambient noise” in the home, such as the sound of your air conditioning unit, plumbing noises from your pipes, and even your movements from one room to another. Your phone would even listen in on “distant human speech” and “creaks from thermal contraction”, according to the patent.

Facebook is currently working on the controversial software too, said a patent application published on June 14 this year. If you’re like the rest of us, you might think this sounds like an Orwellian nightmare technology which will let Big Zucker intrude upon the lives of millions of unsuspecting people in unprecedentedly terrifying ways.

The tech is going to be used to monitor what people watch on their “broadcasting device” so that the adverts they are shown on Facebook are likely to appeal to them. This would also allow companies to get an accurate sense of the size of the audience which has viewed their promotion. That’s what Facebook says in its patent, however, there is absolutely no mention of spying on our private lives, invading our privacy, recording our intimate conversations, and forcing advertising into the heart of our homes whatsoever.


toady Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:33 Permalink


Facebook comes pre-loaded on every cell phone now. You can't remove it. It tracks everything you see and hear, and everywhere you go.

Thanks Obama!

waspwench Snaffew Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:34 Permalink

It is not simple at all.

I don't have a FB account - at least I thought that I didn't - but FB seems to think otherwise and keeps sending me intrusive emails.

The only way I have been able to stop these emails is to block FB on my gmail account.   It is impossible to contact FB - they never respond - and it is impossible to get rid of them from my gmail account.   Interestingly, my "FB account that I don't have" shows my profile with some incorrect information which I purposely planted on google, so the only way FB could have got to me is through my gmail account.   Very interesting.......   I don't care as my gmail account is only a "trap" for those I want to keep at arms length, but the privacy aspects are concerning nonetheless.

Use a foreign based email account and choose other browsers than google whenever possible.




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thebriang toady Tue, 06/26/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

The pre-installed version doesn't have all the bullshit they use Now, so as long as you Disable it in Apps and never update the facefuck app, you are okay.
But if, like most people, you just "Update All Apps", you just gave them permission to do whatever they want when you accepted the terms of the update.... even if you don't have a fb acct, or never log into it on the phone.

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Tony 12-Letters mrtoad Tue, 06/26/2018 - 22:09 Permalink

You do know there are differences between smartphones and computers, right? And that everything is backdoored? That every keystroke and swipe on connected gear, no matter its form or platform, is logged and archived? It's not just a matter of the tech - it's what you do -- and don't do -- with it. Most people just use it mindlessly, like a microwave oven, never really understanding the effects on our minds, bodies and spirits.

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mccvilb jin187 Tue, 06/26/2018 - 20:57 Permalink

Don't hold your breath. Microsoft just bought GitHub for what, 3 billion? Why would they do that when everything was open source & free? My guess, do the same thing Bill did when he got caught deconstructing Symantecs database software. Paid the lawsuit, bought the division and took their software off the market forever.

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peopledontwanttruth toady Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:44 Permalink

All those investigations supposedly and fraud supposedly and all the meetings before governments to answer to.   AND yet their worthless stock and valueless company keeps climbing.  

Anyone using Facebook deserves their information stolen.  How stupid can you be.  

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inhibi toady Tue, 06/26/2018 - 17:13 Permalink

There are only 2 ways to protect your identity:

1st: Fake everything - profiles, phone #'s, name, email addresses, and use VPN when accessing 'real' accounts.

2nd: Encrypt, reinstall, clean, and use overseas hosted VPN services.

To understand how pernicious these companies are, basically the instant you login to any account (and remember, phones will automatically login on reboot and sometimes even during use) that company (FB, Google, etc) will log that machine ID, login, all email addresses/info, IP, and ISP, even pics, call history, etc. Basically its like a massive virtual fingerprint with added DNA sampling that will forever follow that device by tagging all the information onto it. Use that device on a friends WiFi? Doesnt matter. It will already know who you are because 800 out of 1000 data points will remain the same.

VPN can scramble this by making it seem like another computer/device is doing the login. It can effectively mask your location and device ID, as well as ISP. However, if you have even logged in ONCE without VPN, all of your hard work is over - that device/machine ID is already logged and it will have a good idea of who it is. 

Phones are virtually impossible to secure appropriately. Even the founder of Norton couldnt fully secure his phone, and he was reinstalling the OS every 2 weeks and had all kinds of encryption software. Best bet is to use a burner phone for anything you want to remain anonymous or a tablet w/ VPN and Skype everything. Basically, whatever you do the price will be convenience and now you know why they have a stranglehold over society.



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Utopia Planitia inhibi Tue, 06/26/2018 - 18:06 Permalink

Yours is likely the best "solution".  I have a very basic "SnarcFone" that was forced on me when ATT stopped allowing my basic phone (2G) to work on their network.  My crappy Samsung was fully set up with fake user information.  Of course ATT knows who I am, but the identity I loaded into the phone (for use by apps) is totally fake.  I don't need my phucking phone to know who I am or anything about me.  Why anybody does is beyond me.  Nothing on the phone says "you MUST provide your real identity to use this device".  People just automatically enter all their personal data because the phucking phone asks them for it.  THINK before you do that!

So I may be OK, as long as ATT does not do a cross correlation between me and my phone for app developers.

I also NEVER turn on location identification.  They don't need that and I am not giving it to them. I know where I am so leave me alone!

For that FB feature to work there has to be something either in the OS or in an app that is listening to the microphone.  That is blatant, nefarious corruption right there.  If such a feature is provided then you should have to opt-in for it to function.  Since the phone is useless (as a phone) if you tear out the microphone you can't easily work around a built-in threat like that.

The next step is of course to use a burner.  This opens a huge business opportunity for somebody to manufacturer a "clean" phone.  I would by one!  (I bet getting all clean components from the manufacturers is difficult these days.)

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jin187 inhibi Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:19 Permalink

It doesn't really matter.  These apps have access to everything.  Even using a VPN, they can still access GPS data on a phone, or even use the cell signal to triangulate your position.  They can track you by using the phone's ESN(which is illegal to spoof or change), hardware ID, or MAC address.  That's assuming the carrier isn't just selling your information to them outright.  There's no way to achieve privacy while using a cell phone other than to use a prepaid burner phone with no smart capabilities, and take the battery out of it when it's not in use.

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Faeriedust toady Tue, 06/26/2018 - 19:49 Permalink

You can take anything off your phone that you want to.  I did, on Day 1.  If you can't, take the damned thing back for a refund.  YOU, and you alone, should be deciding what software is acceptable on your phone.  Remember also, there is an OFF button.

457 days since my phone started trying to load an update and I still haven't allowed it to download.  You can do it!


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philipat toady Tue, 06/26/2018 - 23:09 Permalink

Neither, of course, can you remove the battery from your phone. Which is, of course, not accidental!! The only way you can stop your phone spying on you is to switch it off, wrap it in buuble wrap and place it in your refrigerator (which is a Farriday cage). However, doesn't that seem a teeny-weeny bit OTT, albeit perhaps made necessary by these unconstitutional invasions of our privacy. Big Brother would be proud!!

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Ignatius Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:34 Permalink

"They would then trigger your phone to record all the background noises in your home."

Sometimes I wonder how long this guy Zuck is gonna live.  If I caught a stranger spying on my daughter, whether she's takin' a pee-pee or just talkin' to her dolls, it would not end well for him.

el buitre Chupacabra-322 Tue, 06/26/2018 - 16:52 Permalink

I tested my friend's microwave (I don't own one) with my Cornet Electrosmog meter.  It gives numerical readings of mw flux in microwatts per meter squared, but also has a vertical line of 8 colored LEDs.  Standing a couple of feet in front of this microwave with the door properly shut, it hit the top red LED instantly when I turned it own.  So much for their fucking shielding.  On a positive note, iPhones still don't emit mw's when in airplane mode.  I believe nothing and test everything.  So. Chupa, your Faraday caging on your microwave might not be effective enough to do the job.

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insanelysane shizzledizzle Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:54 Permalink

This is definitely what it shows us.  The microphone already needs to be listening to hear the noise from the commercial.  It then begins recording anything and everything the microphone picks up.  There is no indication that at the end of the commercial another noise is sent to stop recording.  We must assume that they are hoping to turn on the recording and leave it on.  Brilliant.  As a consumer you are also paying for the data to be transmitted from your device to Facebook.

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One of these i… insanelysane Tue, 06/26/2018 - 16:28 Permalink

I park my phone near my PC speakers input lead and you can easily tell when it is connecting.

Sometimes it seems to connect all of it's own volition for an awfully long time....

I say to it, "Fuck off, I can hear you listening to me", and it stops straightaway!

Happened twice now it has. (Obviously an amusing co-incidence of timing of course..)

What I am trying to figure out is if yoru phone were recording you, how much faster can it upload than it captures?

I assume if they really did bug you via your phone they'd make it sample for a while and then upload the data from your phone in a burst. Otherwise it would be dead obvious if your phone transmitted constantly, not to mention very bad for the battery life..


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el buitre One of these i… Tue, 06/26/2018 - 16:58 Permalink

I have a landline in my house and tell my friends to call it first.  If they get the recorded message, then try the cell.  I keep the phone in airplane mode in the house and take it off when I leave (if I have reason to).  As I mentioned in an earlier comment, I checked the iPhone airplane mode with my mw meter, and it does not emit any microwaves in that mode.  But in theory the scum at Facebook might be able to turn off the airplane mode with an ultrasound signal.

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