Facebook explains why Messenger needs permission for your whole phone
posted by Michael H. / Aug 11, 2014, 10:02 PM
phone access to directly call phone numbers in the app; GPS access for checking and sharing your location in a chat; and contacts access so you can add contacts from your phone's contacts into Messenger or have Messenger contacts synced to your phone's contacts (those location and contacts syncing can be turned off in settings). But, some were concerned that Facebook Messenger also asked for permission to send/receive/read your SMS messages, which seems unnecessary given that Messenger does not act as an SMS app.Most of the permissions that Facebook Messenger asks for make sense, because Messenger does quite a lot of things. It needs camera access for taking photos and sending them to friends; mic access for recording audio messages;
Facebook's official explanation for that is that the permission is only used when you add a phone number to your account. When you do so, Facebook sends an SMS with a confirmation code to that number, and the permission allows the app to catch the message, read it, and get the code automatically, in order to make the process easier.
That sounds reasonable enough, but it's up to you to decide if you trust that Facebook will only be reading your SMS in that specific scenario.
Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013
Nahh.. BS. To All.. Un install this ASAP. If you want a secure messaging app, use BBM.
posted on Aug 11, 2014, 10:29 PM 4
Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011
I disabled or deleted messenger from every smartphone I've owned. When I want to get on fb I use my browser
posted on Aug 11, 2014, 10:49 PM 5
Posts: 240; Member since: Jun 28, 2014
I already know a dozen people that won't download it, in fact it deleted my account.
posted on Aug 11, 2014, 11:44 PM 2
Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011
Nope... Deleted it this weekend when I saw everything that it was asking for. I think that this is FB trying to see what it can get away with in the permissions department. Most people don't even look at what permissions the app is asking for.
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 12:06 AM 2
Cant you guys just choose which permissions to allow and disallow one by one like on iOS?
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 12:19 AM 2
Posts: 746; Member since: Dec 05, 2011
Only if rooted
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 12:39 AM 3
I'm gonna sound like a troll now, but Android being the super customizable platform and you cannot even manage permissions for a typical app such as FaceBook? What's good about customizing if you cant do something as important as this? First it's inability to manage notifications, now permissions? What's next, you guys cannot delete bloatware unless you root? ...Or buy a car today that will change it's infotainment screen to specific OS, like with iOS? Or choose between Siri or Google Now, or ability to switch from regular call to a video call during a conversation?.... Sorry, I'll stop.... it's just that Apple gets pounded for lack of customization and features - I had to go there...
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 2:34 AM 3
Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009
One of my whole main problems with it & I haven't seen to many others complaining about it. There is no option to log out of it within the app. So that you are not showing avail if you don't want to be. Yes you can turn off chat. But there should be a built in function within the app to sign out of it! If you don't want to be avail on it. The only way on Android at least is to go into your settings and clear it.
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 4:48 AM 1
Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011
I haven't installed because I refuse to install a second app just to do what I used to be able to do within *ONE FREAKING APP*. Idiot Lamebook. Already pretty much hate the stupid site, but this is just one more step towards pushing me to cancel my account. I don't understand why people use it to begin with. I have hated it from the start, but everyone(mostly) I know uses it. So I can't really get away from it.
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 8:55 AM 1
Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009
#paranoia. I trust FB more than I trust the US government.
posted on Aug 12, 2014, 12:03 PM 1
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