You’re not gonna believe what popped up on my Facebook Feed. Keep watching to find out.
Hi I’m Traci Brown the Fraud Busting body language expert. I’ve had a pretty shocking series of experiences using Facebook over the last 2 weeks . Here’s what happened.
First. I googled a map to a jewelry store where I was going to buy a gift. Then the ad showed up on facebook. Ok seemed kinda normal. Data sharing happens all the time.
Then I was visiting my brother and sister in law and they were shopping for cruises. I never typed anything in to my phone about it. Within minutes cruise ads started popping up on my FB feed. We thought. Woooow. Is Facebook listening? They have to be. Kinda creepy. But hey. They got some some discount offers.
So I did some research and facebook denies that they listen but tracks us in other ways that are so good we think it’s monitoring our conversation-mostly demographic and location date- to serve up ads. IT’s artificial intelligence-so they say. They’re claiming to look at content including pictures, videos and hashtags. They know where you are and even how you’re holding your phone. Ok. Ok. I get it.
But then yesterday I went to Kohls. I wanted a teal bath mat and matching towels. Found em-no problem. Then when I got home there was an ad from JC Penny showing the exact color of towels I bought along with the darker color I discussed with my husband. Right there. And they’re trying to claim they don’t use the microphone?
What if they’re listening to a conversation with your doctor, therapist, alcoholics anonymous or simply target people with ads when they’re vulnerable based on whatever is going on in their life-a breakup for instance? Chocolate is always good for breakups. I’ll take ads for chocolate anytime. Is it fraud? Not really. But for sure an invasion.
So what can you do if it bothers you? You could delete your Facebook ap. But I didn’t want to do that.
So I turned off the microphone both for facebook and Messenger. And you know what happened? The ads they started showing totally switched. Here’s one they sent for a wheel without the rest of the bike. Yeah I’m gonna look good riding that around. Dial down what people know about you and you’ll decrease your chance of someone using that info to make you a victim of their fraud scheme. See you next time.