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Intrusive permissions for the Facebook messenger app raise eyebrows

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Many people use Facebook to communicate with their contacts. If you are one of them, you may soon find yourself in a very awkward state.

Facebook has come up with an app that will be the only way mobile users will be able to send massages on Facebook.

That wouldn’t be much of an issue. The problem is the number and type of permissions the app will demand before one can use it.

The permissions are considered to be very intrusive by the users. But Facebook says critics are raising much ado about nothing, instead it points fingers at Android which it says has unnecessary strict permissions to enable one to download and use the app.

Many users got irked when Facebook stated recently that the users have no choice but to use the app if they want to continue messaging their contacts on Facebook.

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Wall Street Journal reported that some users have already received notifications that their messages have been moved. Some have also received notifications that their messages are no longer available on the regular mobile app.

This means the users have no option but to comply with the intrusive permissions if they don’t want to be cut off from messaging their Facebook contacts.

Not that there has not been issues with Facebook’s messenger app. The problem is with Facebook’s insistence that all mobile users must now download the app whether they like or not.

Forcing the apps down the users throats while they have some issues they feel need to be addressed is not a good strategy for Facebook. It would have been better if Facebook addressed the users concerns first, given them another option or at least provide an acceptable explanation on how the app is going to be used.

Anything that infringes on personal privacy can not be supported by the users.

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On its help page, Facebook tried to address some of the hot issues raised by the users. On the controversial photo and video permissions it said these are necessary to let users take video and video content and share it through the app.

On the permission to call phone numbers on your phone, Facebook said this is necessary to provide a Messenger feature that will let users tap a phone number on the screen and call the number.

Other permissions addressed on the help page include the permission to receive text message and the permission to read user phone contacts. On the former, Facebook said this is necessary to allow the app to send a confirmation email to the user’s phone if they wish to add their phone number to their Messenger account, while on the later Facebook said this will allow the app to read phone contacts from the user’s phone and add them as contacts on Messenger.

Whether these explanations convince you or not; what remains is you have to use the app to continue sending messages as it is evident that Facebook is not willing to do away with this requirement. Either you comply or you are out!

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