Facebook is now using phones’ in-built microphones as a way to listen to a user’s background audio.
The social media giant has advertised this automatic listening feature as a way that allows users to share the music or TV they’re currently playing.
The feature is activated when a user goes to write a status or create new posts to their timelines.
Facebook will use the audio it hears to offer users the option of adding things like, “listening to The Wiggles” or watching “The Bachelor”.
The United States is the first and only country to currently boast this technology.
The controversy surrounding this latest feature has been amplified after an American communications professor suggested that Facebook might be using a users’ audio for more than just status updates.
Professor Kelli Burns at the University of South Florida spoke to American news outlet WFLA about how the audio feature may be helping serve users with relevant advertising.
The professor tested the theory by discussing how she wanted to go on safari with the audio feature enabled.