Facebook Messenger App Does Not Invade Your Privacy
The recent update of the Facebook Messenger App has received vehement criticism by the user. The app has received cold response even though it is the top most downloaded app. The forced download and permission policies have been the main issue of backlash for the app.
The Facebook Messenger App is the top downloaded app but with a one star rating. This is because users accessing Facebook through smartphones are prompted to download the app. This happens each time they log in to their respective accounts. The prompt continues until the user has downloaded it. This is a very annoying technique of forced download.
However, this might not have created such disapproval if the policies were correctly put forward. A term in the policy seeks permission to access user’s camera and microphone. This has created uproar among Facebook users.
Response From Facebook:
Facebook however claims that it has stuck to its permission policy which is not different from other messenger apps. How, then did the rumors spread?
An article from a radio station in Houston has announced that Facebook would be using the new app to spy on users. All their actions and activities will be recorded. This has led to retaliation by users who are afraid that Facebook would really mole their lives. Access to microphone is required to allow users to send voice messages if they want.
These policies however were very differently deciphered by the author of the news article. Facebook admits that its permission policies are hard to understand. Google, taking cue from Facebook retaliation is working on making their permission policies easily understandable for Android L version.
Facebook on its part, clarified along with a full web page layout to explain the app permissions.
Facebook said that all its conditions in the permission policy have remained the same as before. Users need not get paranoid about the Facebook Messenger App as a tracking tool. It is a simple messaging app that can be used like any other messaging application.