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Facebook is taking over your phone

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In a breathtakingly creepy invasion of privacy, Facebook is forcing all smartphone users to install a new messaging app. The Android version of the app — and to a lesser extent the iPhone version as well — allows Facebook to access your phone camera and record audio, call and send messages without your permission, identify details about you and all your contacts, and send that info on to third parties.

If you want to carry on sending and receiving messages on Facebook you now have no choice but to install Facebook Messenger – and give the company access to a wealth of personal data stored on your phone.

The company claims that it is simply improving the user experience, and that it doesn’t have control over the permissions required for the app, specifically on Android phones. But there’s a simple solution to the problem: don’t make users download the new messenger.

Most people installing the app have absolutely no idea what they just agreed to. So we need to spread the word about Facebook’s shocking privacy invasion – and if we can make this petition huge, Facebook will have to listen.

Sign the Petition: Stop Facebook taking over your phone

There’s lots more information here.

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Written by Smiling Carcass

17/08/2014 at 1:07 AM

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  1. I don’t use or trust Facebook ! Thanks for the info though it’s a sadder world out their than I thought.

    Methusalada

    17/08/2014 at 1:20 AM

    • I use FaceBook as it’s a good information sharing tool. I have the app on my BlackBerry, but won’t be upgrading to this one!

      Smiling Carcass

      17/08/2014 at 1:27 AM

  2. JUST SO COOL.

    marandazimmer

    17/08/2014 at 9:25 AM

  3. There seems to be a lot of scaremongering appearing on the internet over this issue, mainly emanating from a fallacious article in the Huffington post written by Sam Fiorella. The permissions required of the app are actually no different to many other communication apps on the market and are needed for it to function at all. Here’s an informative article that explains how these permissions are used.

    http://mashable.com/2014/08/11/stop-freaking-out-about-facebook-messenger-app-permissions/

    gdh4623

    17/08/2014 at 1:30 PM


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