So…I have three YT accounts that I mostly use to keep subs, recommends, themes, etc. separated out. Over the last couple weeks my account that follows all the AMC/GME/Crypto peeps has been seeing the majority of adds shifting over to toenail fungus, backed up colons and other various disgusting topic and products.
I went through the exact same thing the last couple months before the election from all my Google and YT adds on an account that was following the politics unloved by MSM and Big Tech.
And just like back then, my other YT & gmail accounts are not seeing any of these ads. And I assure you I have never looked for toe nail fungus solutions or anything similar that could shift my add preferences. 😆
Google will listen via your cell phone. I’m guessing you have an android. Meaning they will listen through your phone not necessarily to your conversations. You may have been having a conversation and said something that just sounds like toe fungus or something. Its so they can sell you shit you don’t need.
This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by APE_Steven.
😜 I’ll have to think if there’s anything I would ever say that sounds like that. Not much of daily conversation in my life.
Honestly though, not to sound tin-foil-hat or anything, but I’m pretty secure on the risk-potential front. I do consider my android to be the weakest link in my life for security but I typically put it away in my bedroom and just check on it now and then. I disable assist and all that but I don’t trust it not to be listening anyway. I’ve been a Linux user since early 90s so no ‘doze and only one company-issued Mac that doesn’t touch my home network. And don’t ask about my air-gap server. 🙄
Ok, maybe I’ve learned a little paranoia.
Point is, as this is now the second time in a couple years I’ve spent a lot of online time looking into an “unpopular” topic, and both times my ads have been spammed with this stuff (without my unassociated accounts seeing the same) I’m inclined to think some folks in those companies just use it as one more jab. I block as much of the add tracking as reasonable and don’t use the same or linked accounts in google, youtube, twitter or reddit so it’s not easy for something like that to “follow me”.
Eh. Paranoia can be fun. We know CNBC and those are all lying or filtering the Truth. We know the hedge funds are using financial shenanigans to manipulate the prices beyond the powers of mortal men. Who’s to say what other shadow tactics they are playing with.