FACEBOOK has been forced to defend a “creepy” new feature that allows it to activate your smartphone’s microphone and listen in.

The announcement of the feature has sparked an online backlash, with users mobilising in an effort to get the social media giant to kill off the development.

It had received 542,544 signatures as of this morning.

“Facebook just announced a new feature to its app, which will let it listen to our conversations and surroundings through our own phones’ microphone. Talk about a Big Brother move,” the petition reads.

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The image above btw is from Rear Window made in 1954. Not 1984

It’s 2014.

Amanda x

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