Facebook Defends Privacy-Violating Messenger App

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Facebook has defended its Messenger App, which some people complain is violating privacy. To be able to use the app, users have to give permission for it to use the camera and microphone. There are others concerned that it offers access to the phone’s address book.

However, users could be unnecessarily complaining. While the app does ask for permission for all of these, many other apps that users have do the same thing. They need to so that users get the experience they deserve. Without access to these parts of the phone, the app would not be able to allow people to take photos and send to friends. They would also not access the call feature on the app.

Many users have complained that Facebook has decided to remove the messenger function through the original app. They have been forced to download yet another app if they want to continue chatting to friends through private messages. However, that is certainly not the case. Users can access the messenger through their desktop computer as usual. When on a mobile device, they can go to the social media site through the internet browser and chat as normal.

Now people want to know why they even have to download a new app. Why bother wasting time and space on a phone? Facebook officials have defended their Messenger App, which does not violate anybody’s privacy.

According to a statement, the Messenger App allows people to receive and reply to messages quicker and easier. The messages appear straight on the phone’s home screen as a little pop-up, so people see they have a message and who it is from right away. According to data, the response rate is 20 percent quicker with the app rather than using any other method.

There is also the ability to speak within groups through the app. Users will also be able to make calls and send images or videos quickly and easily.

The terms of service for using the Messenger App are no different to those for the main app. However, users likely downloaded the original app so long ago that they have forgotten; or they know that the app for their phones is much easier than going into Facebook through their internet browsers.

The terms of service are not even than much different to many other messenger-style apps. The apps need permission to use cameras and microphones for full functionality. The difference could be that this is Facebook, and people like to complain about the lack of privacy on this social media site. If people were really that bothered, they would stop using the site completely and encourage their friends to use something different.

This app is not going to make the social media giant act like a spy. Cameras and microphones will not be turned on without someone’s knowledge. The officials at the social media site confirmed that a user would be asked for permission each time, even though consent had already been given when downloading it. Facebook has defended it non-privacy-violating Messenger App.

Opinion by Alexandria Ingham

Sources:

The Epoch Times

Morning News USA

7 Responses to "Facebook Defends Privacy-Violating Messenger App"

  1. cj   September 3, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Are you on the payroll of Facebook? You sound like a spokesperson for them, this does not read like an unbiased report.

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  2. Why   September 3, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Considering the dishonesty in how this application ‘farcebook’ was initiated..nothing would surprise me on how it is managed now. Very disappointed.

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  3. Stephy   September 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Let us use the old messaging system on the Facebook app!!!

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  4. positivagirl   September 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Why should we believe what facebook say? The truth is that if you do not like this invasion of privacy, and delete the messenger app on your phone (as I have done), it then will not allow you to read messages sent on facebook on your phone. Although you can read messages on your computer. If there is no benefit to facebook for them having this access, why make it extremely difficult for people to read email on their phones? I have deleted it. If I am on my phone and not computer and cant respond to a message immediately – well tough really. Pick up the phone and call me if it is that urgent. Years ago there were no mobile phones, once upon a time phones didn’t even have answering machines. Leave a message….. sounds like a feeble excuse from Facebook.

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  5. Michael Barnes   September 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

    On android you can see exactly what they are accessing and frankly it’s unnerving

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  6. jonpearce95   September 2, 2014 at 8:44 am

    This is not true. On the App permissions on the phone itself it says the App does not need permission to use the microphone or camera.

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    • Alexandria Ingham   September 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

      It may say that, but Facebook is saying that they will ask for permission each time.

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