Facebook Nosiness Is Now Coming To Your Living Room

Facebook can now “listen” to what’s playing in your surroundings. Yes, the social network may turn out to be the creep-monster you think it is.


Facebook is frequently criticized for its automated absurd and sometimes abrupt privacy changes.

The recurrent newsfeed and timeline face-lifts give users a headache, eventually forcing them to either become inactive or deactivate their accounts.

However, two recently announced features have taken the level of annoyance to a whole new level.

On Monday Facebook rolled out a new feature that – quite frankly – no one needed: the ability to ask or rather pester your contacts for information they deemed too personal to share on the site.

This addition is called “Ask” which appears in your Facebook friends’ “About” tab.

Just to give you an example, if your friend is someone who does not like to divulge his relationship status, you’ll now be able to ask them if they would – wait for it – share that piece of information with you.

Yes, it’s as nosy a feature as it sounds because – well – asking someone about their relationship status without prior warning is super creepy.


Almost each and every (mainstream) publication – including the Washington Post, Slate, Newsweek, and the Guardian – that commented on the new feature called it either nosy or pestering-ly  intrusive.

As if the Ask button wasn’t creepy enough, Facebook announced on Wednesday that it plans to release a new feature on its mobile app that would "listen" to users’ music and TV shows and publish the information on their profile.

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The social network will essentially use the microphone inside a smartphone to detect what kind of music or TV shows are playing in its surroundings.

If the user begins to update his status and the app detects the appropriate audio signals and finds a match from its database, then a small animated icon will appear at the top.

It would then enable the person to share what he or she is watching or listening to.

While Facebook insists it’s optional and can be turned off at any time and that the data is not stored anywhere, many people have their doubts – and rightly so.

Facebook spent the year 2013 bothering its users with its apps and changes to the extent that multiple lawsuits were filed against the tech giant. Looks like this year’s not going to be any different.

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