But the articles went viral again in 2016 with many people sharing it on social media.
When the story first broke, Samsung had confirmed that its 'Smart TV', which is equipped with voice recognition, might be listening to every word you say, and has warned customers not to discuss personal information near the TV.
The Daily Beast report also added:
"You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening," says one report. Privacy activists are also raising comparisons between the TV and the universe created by George Orwell in his book '1984'.
Following outrage, Samsung had issued a statement then clarifying how the feature works:
If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV
It was later reported that the third party in question was a company called Nuance Communications, Inc
An article on Cnet in 2015 says, â€śIt sounds scary, but it's a bit overblown. Many devices have similar speech features that are always listening; that includes the Moto X , Nexus devices, Amazon Echo , Microsoft Kinect and even the iPhone (when the device is plugged in and the Hey, Siri command is enabled). This so-called scandal also affects only a small number of Samsung Smart TV modelsâ€ť.
To do this, head to the Settings menu and select Smart Features. Then scroll down to Voice Recognition and switch it off.