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The public rather predictably made a big deal out of it, and the discovery of Facebook’s patent will only fuel speculation.
Facebook is considering secretly watching and recording users through their webcams and smartphone cameras, a newly discovered patent suggests.
The document explains how the company would use technology to see how your facial expressions change when you come across different types of content on the site.
The patent application was submitted in February 2014 and published in August 2015, but was only recently spotted, by CBInsights.
"We often seek patents for technology we never implement, and patents should not be taken as an indication of future plans,” said a Facebook spokesperson.
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However, the document raises yet more concern about a company that, in 2014, was found to have secretly manipulated hundreds of thousands of users’ News Feeds as part of an experiment to work out whether it could affect people’s emotions.