Applaud or condemn the new Facebook Messenger Appby Abhishek P August 19, 2014 0 comments
Almost everyone you know is on Facebook and they love every second of it. While the social networking giant made its mark on the online space they weren’t going to stop there. They took connectivity to the next level and developed the Facebook Messenger app for mobile devices.
The app allows you with functions which are quiet similar to texting except that you don’t have to pay for it. With the app you don’t have to restrict yourself to just your Facebook contacts, you can even reach out to other contacts in your phone book. It also allows you to make free calls to people around the globe. In addition it allows you to record voice messages, send stickers, take selfies, forward messages or photos and also find out when people view your messages. While this may sound refreshing and innovative to some people, others have serious issues with the app.
For one, Facebook users surely didn’t take well to Facebook’s demands of downloading the app to view messages on their mobile device. Many were content with the way they received messages through the old app itself and found the change unnecessary and forced. Downloading a new app can take up space on your phone which made it an annoyance for some.
If that was all, people might have still made their peace with it, since almost everyone loves Facebook but unfortunately that’s not all. Many argued that agreeing to the terms of the Facebook Messenger app service meant allowing Facebook to invade their privacy and use their phone to take videos and photos without asking for their prior permission which you must admit, sounds quiet scary. The horror continues as people say that Facebook can now use your phone almost like you would, browsing through messages, calendars, emails and even delete items without you even realizing it. With so many breaches on privacy, it is no wonder people have been raising their voices against it. The terms and conditions of the app make Facebook appear more like a stalker, noting our every move.
However, one must wonder, is the Facebook Messenger app so different from the other apps we downloaded on our mobile device in the past. Almost every big company these days is trying to learn as much about their consumer as possible in order to cater to their needs. It is quite likely that you have been using other apps with the similar terms and conditions as the Facebook Messenger app.
Most of the Android apps have the same requirement but that doesn’t really mean that they are spying on your every move 24×7. If there is a real problem it probably lies with the Android apps permission language. It so happens that the apps do indeed require your consent for certain activities. It may shock you but the older Facebook app which you happily downloaded on your phone before had similar terms but somehow no one ever complained about that.
Facebook doesn’t really want to spy into your life, when you take a closer look at the terms of the app; they simply help the app do its job which is connecting you to the world.