Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said during his recent interview that Instagram is not listening to its users' private conversations. Mosseri also stressed that Instagram is not even reading its users' post. In an interview with CBS News, Mosseri addressed concerns about its targeted ads models where people report of seeing ads related to something they have not even searched for. Addressing the privacy concerns, Instagram chief had this to say:
"But we don't look at your messages, we don't listen in on your microphone, doing so would be super problematic for a lot of different reasons. But I recognize you're not gonna really believe me," Mosseri was quoted as saying.
"One is dumb luck, which can happen. The second is you might be talking about something because it's top of mind because you've been interacting with that type of content more recently," Mosseri said.
"It's top of mind, maybe it's subconscious and then it bubbles up later. I think this kind of thing happens often in a way that's really subtle," he added.
Mosseri also touched upon Instagram's policy for "deepfakes" and the company's refusal to take down the deepfake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"We are not going to make a one-off decision to take a piece of video down just because it's of Mark and Mark happens to run this place. That would be really inappropriate and irresponsible," Mosseri said.
Recently a deepfake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was uploaded on Facebook-owned Instagram. In the video, Facebook CEO was portrayed as saying things that rather disparage Facebook and Zuckerberg himself. However, Instagram refused to delete the video in question. MIT pointed out, apparently, Facebook's policy on deepfake videos is to leave them up but at the same time, flag that they are fake.
Last month, Facebook also refused to delete a deepfake video of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. However, Facebook is willing to make it clear that those videos are not real.