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Facebook to Start Listening to You
By: Jessica Cherok
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Is Facebook about to start listening to you? It is, and all in an effort to find out what kind of music and TV shows you’re into.

Facebook announced the release of a new listening feature. It’s like Shazam, but without having to leave the comfort of Facebook. The feature will listen to the music or show via the microphone on your mobile device and if it recognized the show/song, it will publish the information on your profile.

Facebook has said that the feature can be turned off, and that it does not store any of the audio information. They have also said that the feature is unable to identify background noises or conversations.

According to a Facebook statement, “If you share music, your friends can see a 30-second preview of the song. For TV shows, the story in the News Feed will highlight the specific season and episode you’re watching.”

If you have the feature turned on (you’ll need to opt-in for now), an icon will appear whenever you are updating your status. This icon will then enable you to update your friends on what you’re listening to.

The new listening feature will also be able to list artist’s biographies, lyrics, and video.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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