Don’t Think Your Phone is Always Listening? Think Again
Insert Twilight Zone music here. Funny enough this article comes not long after YouTuber Shane Dawson posted his "Conspiracy Theories with Shane Dawson" series. In part one of the series, Shane talked about how your phone is always watching and listening to you. He carried out a few different experiments to prove his point.
While I subscribe to the idea that yes, my phone is constantly listening and watching me, I never experienced a weird glitch until now.
Apple has admitted to a glitch with FaceTime and claimed that the issue has been fixed. According to CNN, "A person could exploit the glitch to hear live audio on another other person's phone, even though the recipient had not accepted the FaceTime call. In some cases, the bug could also show live video of the other person if they pressed a volume button to dismiss the call."
Well, this isn't the only "glitch" found on our precious smartphones. In Shane's video he showed how you could hear what someone said before you answered their call. This pertains to a regular call, not FaceTime. While this didn't exactly shock me, I was surprised to experience it myself.
I received a phone call from my mom about a week ago. When I answered it I heard loud music in the background. I asked her what she was doing and why was there loud music player. It was a Sunday morning... Her response was that she had the TV on, but had turned the volume down before I answered. This was the first red flag.
Even after she said that I could still hear loud music. The music was clear as day and it was "Hold My Hand" by Hootie & the Blowfish. When I brought this up to her she said that song wasn't playing. I think she said Tom Petty was playing, it was a commercial for a CD set of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Red flag number two.
So, I heard a song (extremely loud) that was playing before I picked up the phone. Strange right?
Check out Shane's video talking about this conspiracy. (1.49 minutes in and again at 16.00 minutes in...it's a long video.)