Although the Messenger app is available for Android, i OS, Windows Phone and Black Berry, the main source of user angst comes from the lengthy list of app permissions you have to approve before you can download the Android app from Google Play.
Among the permissions the app requires are several that have given users reason to complain – when you install the Android app, you have to grant access to your device’s contacts, microphone, stored photos, videos, SMS messages, location, and more.
If a customer was in on the joke, Abuhamdeh would banter with them a bit.
In this case at least, the Zuckerbergers don’t deserve the Big Brother accusations being lobbed their way – but they might have avoided a lot of pain if they had spelled things out for users better.
With that said, here are a few tips for Facebook Messenger users to help you better preserve your privacy: If you’re an Android user, you can download Sophos Mobile Security for Android to protect your device.
It scans your apps for malware when you download them, includes a handy privacy advisor – and it’s free from Google Play.
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There’s good reason to be skeptical of Facebook when it comes to privacy, but the Facebook Messenger app isn’t the privacy nightmare that some people think it is.
Facebook is gradually forcing users of its mobile app to download the Facebook Messenger app to their smartphones and tablets in order to continue using the chat feature.
Tayser Abuhamdeh doesn’t have what most people would call an exciting job. “Eventually I started opening up, saying random things, telling jokes and laughing at my own jokes.
He works behind the counter at a deli in Brooklyn, a small shop that does a brisk business in snacks, coffee, and cigarettes. I started to act like people were there watching, and that’s when they showed up.” Abuhamdeh’s routine was subtle.
In a help article on Facebook.com, the company explains why some of these permissions are needed, noting for example that accessing the device’s microphone and camera is necessary for sending video messages.