Facebook’s main app will now not be able to send messages. Facebook(NASDAQ: FB) took this step to force its users to use Facebook Messenger. Facebook messenger app requires a lot of permissions, if you are a user of this app you might have already given this app much permission such as: –
- To call anyone without your permission, these calls may result in unexpected charges or calls.
- To send SMS without your confirmation, this might result in unexpected bills, or unexpected messages to the person you don’t want.
- To take pictures and record videos without your permission with your camera.
- To record audio with a microphone of your phone without your permission.
People are furious with this. Many tweets came on twitter about this like “This Facebook Messenger thing is the stupidest thing ever in the history of stupid things.”, “Weird that Facebook Messenger terms and conditions also say Mark Zuckerberg can turn on your phone and yell “Dance!” and you have to do it.”
It came on many radios like this one on 100.3, the bull’s website. “Record audio, and take pictures and videos, at any time – Read that line again….RECORD audio…TAKE pictures….AT ANY TIME!! That means that the folks at Facebook can see through your lens on your phone whenever they want..they can listen to what you’re saying via your microphone if they choose to!!”
But it was further explained in detail: – “On Android, all permissions are asked for up front when you download an app – so the user sees requests for permission to “allow the app to record audio,” for example, before they may know there is an audio recording feature.
This is quite different from iOS, which asks the user to grant permission to use features as they try to access them in the app.”
It is quite simple that
Apps require permissions for certain features that you want it to perform.