No, Facebook isn't listening in on your conversations --- but here are two other ways they're spying on you

Don’t worry – Facebook is spying on you, just not in the way you might think.

This has probably happened to you or someone you know, where you’re having a conversation with your spouse, maybe about needing to buy new toothpaste or a new pair of pants.

Then the next time you pick up your smartphone or log in to Facebook, there’s an ad for toothpaste or pants. They had to be listening to your conversation through the mic on your smartphone, right?

There are technical and legal reasons Facebook can’t actually eavesdrop like that.

If only it were that easy for Facebook. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Facebook is not eavesdropping on the conversations in your living room. Former Facebook employees and other tech experts say there are technical and legal reasons Facebook can’t actually eavesdrop like that.

One former Facebook manager said that level of audio snooping data “would strain even the resources of the NSA.”

So, if Facebook isn’t listening to our conversations, how do you get so many ads tailored specifically for you? There are three main ways Facebook gets to know you for advertising:

First, your purchase history – and not just online purchases. Especially if you use a loyalty card when you buy things in a physical store, a third-party data collector vacuums up your purchasing history from that store.

Then, product brands buy that info from the data collector and match that data with Facebook accounts. Next thing you know, you get ads for the kind of toothpaste you regularly buy.

Second, Facebook and advertisers shadow your footsteps. Facebook, and other apps on your smartphone, use WiFi networks, IP addresses and your direct permission to access your phone’s location.

Location tracking has become so sophisticated that companies can target specific geographic areas. If part of the country has a heavy flu outbreak for example, a drug company can target that area with ads. You could even get a targeted ad based on your physical proximity to a store.

What measures are you taking to protect your privacy?

On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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