Ad Technology Listening in?

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    Ian Administrator

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    The BBC has an interesting article regarding some spooky co-incidences where people have been talking about a product or event, only to be shown related advertising somewhere on Facebook or other platforms:

    Has anything similar ever happened to you? Here's the list on the BBC website:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41802282
     
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    I have to admit, I don't think that ad companies would do this - as it would be such an egregious violation of privacy, likely spelling the end of a company that did it without permission. I imaging that a lot of it is down to the amount of data that companies like Facebook have anyway (i.e. marital status, gender, age, location, interests, etc....), alongside some co-incidences.

    What do you guys think? :).
     
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    EvanDavis Silly Fool

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    Don't know if it is the same, but I was reading The Mail Online and when I logged in to Facebook the same ads I saw on Mail Online started showing up on Facebook.
     
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    Using Linux Mint Cinnamon I get very few adverts, some on Facebook but otherwise nowhere the amount I got using W10.:nod::nod::nod:
     
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    muckshifter I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition. Moderator

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    I use AdBlocker. :)



    oh, and I don't do twitface. :cool:
     
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    Are adblockers safe? Reading the net seems to give conflicting answers.

    Any views?
     
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    V_R ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Moderator

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    This was going round on Reddit the other day too. Someone posted this video...






    They are fine. The legit ones that is. Like anything there are fake/bad versions of the good popular ones.

    Ublock Origin or Adblock Pro are the way to go.
     
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    floppybootstomp sugar 'n spikes Moderator

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    I see ads on social media that are obviously generated from my recent online browsing but I'm not aware of ever having advertising targeted at me from any public conversations I've had, either virtual conversations (text) or real orally delivered conversations.

    Probably just a coincidence imo but hey - who knows?

    More fuel for the conspiracy theorists ;)
     
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    V_R ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Moderator

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    Indeed, I don't think Facebook are listening, the FBI and CIA maybe, but not Facebook. :fool:
     
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