Is the Facebook Messenger app spying on you?
I've heard from a lot of folks concerned when Facebook recently dropped instant messaging from the their mobile Facebook App, requiring users download a separate Messenger App. During the installation, users were prompted to give the app permission to access nearly everything in your phone (of course, I covered this in detail for you) from your contact list, to your microphone and even your camera.
Computer technician Gene Ammerman, an Apple products specialist, has made a case that the application violates users' privacy and can have serious consequences for those uninformed about its true information-gathering practices. He told the Boise State Arbiter that "We do have the choice not to use it, but so many people rely on Facebook that they know you're going to get it anyway. So you're stuck feeling and being violated in the end."
But Facebook denies that Messenger collects our private data. We've heard strong statements from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about his unwavering position on user protection. But now, we are hearing that Facebook Messenger is devouring content from our private FB Messenger conversations like Pac-Man in the Famous Amos cookie factory. The question is, are any of us surprised?
Well, most messenger/chat apps require similar permissions so what Facebook is asking does not really seem outside the norm. But if they are not doing anything unsavory with the information, why does Facebook think it so important to require access to the phone's microphone and camera at any time? I'll can tell you this certainly reminds me of the celebrity iCloud photo hack of just a few days ago. Would any of us be stunned if the same thing happened from someone tapping into the Facebook Messenger "vault"?