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Facebook Messenger App's Terms of Service Come to Light, Concern Users

By    |   Monday, 04 Aug 2014 03:19 PM

More than a billion people have downloaded the Facebook Messenger app, but largely unread clauses in the app's terms of service are coming to light and have some rethinking that decision.

Many people don’t take time to read the terms of service agreement when they download apps, which means most of those people using the Facebook Messenger app likely have no idea what they've agreed to: allowing the app to take control of their mobile devices without permission.

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The Huffington Post pointed out clauses in the Facebook Messenger app service agreement that allows Messenger to call phone numbers without intervention, send SMS messages, record audio with the device’s microphone, and take pictures and videos with the device’s camera without requesting the user’s permission.

Facebook is pushing its mobile users to download the separate Messenger app by deleting the ability to chat within its main Facebook app, Time magazine said.

Some weren’t happy they had to have a separate app to chat now, but even more are letting their disagreement with the terms of service be heard.

“Seldom used it, but just uninstalled it after reading this,” one person wrote on the Huffington Post article.

“Yes, that and dozens of other apps are now deleted after a more detailed review of the terms/conditions,” Huff Post blogger Sam Fiorella answered.

But despite the uproar, The Washington Post pointed out that just about every app has what might be called “intrusive” terms in the service agreement.

“In Facebook’s defense, there are plenty of legitimate reasons for requesting these permissions,” the Post wrote. “Messenger needs access to your camera, for instance, so that you can send pictures, and few people would want to confirm microphone access every time they use the app to place a call.”

The Post also listed a few other apps that ask for leeway that could be used maliciously, including the Kim Kardashian game app that “logs your location, your device ID, and your incoming calls.”

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More than a billion people have downloaded the Facebook Messenger app, but largely unread clauses in the app's terms of service are coming to light and have some rethinking that decision.
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