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Facebook may keep an eye on you through webcams to enhance news feed

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Source: Indian Express

Social networking giant Facebook is planning to observe people’s behavior secretly and record users through their webcams and Smartphone cameras.

“According to a newly discovered patent, the company will use technology to see how facial expressions of users change when they come across different types of content on the site,” Independent.co.uk reported on Friday.

The patent document also indicated that the company would also examine those pictures to perceive how users think and afterward use that information to keep users on the site for longer period of time. For instance, if a user smiles seeing a friend’s pictures, Facebook’s algorithm would use that info and will show more pictures of that friend in his/her News Feed.

“Another example included in the patent application explains that if you looked away from your screen when a video of a kitten played, Facebook would stop showing similar type of videos in your Feed,” the report added.

However, Facebook spokesperson told Independent, “We often seek patents for technology we never implement, and patents should not be taken as an indication of future plans.”