Facebook Messenger App.
If you’re like me, you’re a daily Facebook user. While the frequent updates are frustrating, prevalent glitches and sometimes the feeling of not being heard sucks–Facebook is a free service. We can’t really complain, either we use it or we don’t.
I love Facebook, although it’s a love/hate relationship. I love that I am able to connect with friends and family and run my business (Whispered Inspirations) as well. If you’ve been on Facebook this week, you must have scrolled across statuses regarding the “new” and “faster” Facebook Messenger app.
I hopped onto my mobile Facebook and lo and behold, I was greeted with this beaut. I sent out a quick message to my friends and family that I will not be forced to download this app and that I’d answer messages when I could get on a computer. That I wasn’t ignoring them! The mobile FB app is intrusive as it is but, the FB Messenger app simply makes me uncomfortable.
Disclaimer: I am not trying to discourage you from downloading this app. People that have it, love it. I just want you to check out the terms and conditions and you can make your own decision. This post has no affiliation or association with Facebook. Just my two-cents.
I noticed this awhile ago when I removed this app from my Android. I actually read the terms and conditions and was shocked. The ones that I think are questionable are the following.
Terms and Conditions:
- Allows the app to change the state of network connectivity.
- Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to take pictures and vids with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.
- Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.
- Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others.
- Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
- Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.
I, for one, have made the decision to skip downloading this app. I will make do with waiting until I can get to a PC or using my browser to access them. I think most of our apps have similar privacy intrusions and we as consumers need to take the time to read them without blindly agreeing to them.
What I do mind, well, is being forced to download the app in order to be able to access my messages. I know that both apps work together but, I just liked being able to access it all in one app. Whether it’s the privacy intrusion or I don’t like change–maybe both. But, I don’t want it.
Do you use or do you refuse to use the Facebook Messenger app?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.