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Is Facebook listening in on the conversations? Cambridge Analytica whistleblower thinks so

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Facebook would be able to listen from your smartphone to determine where you are for targeted advertising, according to testimony from the computer expert that led to the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

In an interview with the British House of Commons media committee, Chris Wylie, the expert, who accused Facebook of to incorrect use of the data of the user, to help Donald Trump’s presidential bid, said Facebook and other smartphone apps can try to identify user environment, to “improve the contextual value of the advertising itself,” according to the reports.

Damian Collins, chairman of the audit committee and member of the parliament, asked Wylie or the Facebook app would have listened to what users are saying: for targeted ads.

Wylie replied: “that is probably a question for Facebook.”

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Chris Wylie, a computer expert, who accused Facebook of the improper use of information to help Donald Trump’s presidential bid, said Facebook and other smartphone apps can try to identify user environments customizing the advertising.

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Wylie also said that he believed that it was possible the social media giant and other smartphone apps were, in fact, tapping into users’ adjust audio ads.

“There is audio that can be useful only in terms of that you are in an office environment, you’re outside, you’re watching TV, what are you doing now?” Wylie said.

Facebook did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

Facebook users have long reported seeing ads in their feeds after only mentioning a product in passing.

The 28-year-old Canadian previously has claimed that Cambridge Analytica uses personal information improperly collected from Facebook users to help Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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Wylie also told the House of Commons media committee that he believed that the violation exceedance of the 50 million Facebook users previously reported.

Cambridge Analytica said none of the Facebook data was used in its work on the Trump campaign. It denied any wrongdoing.

The company of the CEO, Alexander Tayler, said in a statement that Wylie was a part-time contractor who “has no direct knowledge of our work or practices” since he left the company in 2014.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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