Top 5 Facts about Facebook Messenger and privacy: Myths vs. Realities

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The moment internet is flooded with complaints and protests against the Facebook Messenger, we go down deep into the fact.

fb mRecently, Facebook has implemented that people need to download and install Messenger to chat and get the IM service on the go, which was pretty disappointing for a lot of users. Many users used to have conversations using the official Facebook app, but now, Facebook pushed a major update in their official app and Messenger and the result? Yes, the messaging service was completely removed from the official Facebook app and a tab for Messenger was added instead. Though, people can still send messages via browser, or via PC without Messenger, there is no chance of getting notifications about a new message on your mobile browser and its pretty slow. Many users are feel threatened by Facebook’s privacy policies and the permissions the app require before you start using it. Here, I will talk about the Top 5 facts about Facebook Messenger and privacy, and well as usual I’m gonna prove some myths wrong.

#1 Myth

You have to use Facebook Messenger to message your friends.

Reality

If you had been using the official Facebook app for messaging, it’s time you download the Messenger because in the latest update Facebook removed the message tab from its app and replaced with a Messenger which will take you to the Messenger app if you have get it installed already. But you can message anyone you want via browser or on desktop without Messenger, but on mobile browsers you won’t be getting any notifications about a new message.

#2 Myth

The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from -and more intrusive than- Facebook’s own official terms.

Reality

Facebook terms of service are same for all its mobile apps which also include the official Facebook app which you use to browse Facebook on the go. Actually people saw that in Android app, it is asking for a lot of permissions including calender, wi-fi, location information and contacts. Well, these are personal information of course, and they have been in most instant messaging app, if you hve doubt you may check it again. You can read their policies here.

#3 Myth

Facebook Messenger will use your phone’s microphone.

Reality

yes, it will use the microphone of your phone. This is because it offers voice calling, which the Facebook app does not provide and also it will access your camera to take photos, when you want to directly snap a picture and send it to your friends.

#4 Myth

Facebook Messenger will have the permission to send text messages and read your contacts without your permission.

Reality

this is also true, but the key point here is that Facebook Messenger will send a text to verify your phone number once you start using the app and add your number on Messenger. Other people who have your phone number in their contacts can message you anytime and your phone number won’t be disclosed to public. Facebook Messenger will also read the contacts to find out which of your friends are already on Messenger, it’s just like WhatsApp or other popular messaging services like WeChat or Hike, which use your phone number as your user ID and doesn’t require to register with email and other stuffs.

#5 Myth

Facebook Messenger is a new idea and it’s too bad.

Reality

If you are a smartphone geek and tell me this thing, I’m gonna definitely give you an Oscar for dumbest actor. Facebook Messenger has been around since 2011, I remember at that time Go Chat was hugely popular on Android for chatting over Facebook and I got it on my phone running Android 2.1. Just with time it has added more features, like stickers, direct photo sharing, voice call and more. Also, read our previous post on How to make your Android smartphone work faster, that will help you a lot.

Get Facebook Messenger now, available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone and we have added the links below.

Messenger
Developer: Facebook, Inc.
Price: Free
 
Messenger
Developer: Facebook
Price: Free
 
The app was not found in the store. 🙁 #wpappbox

Links: → Visit Store → Search Google

Are you still using the old fashioned way to chat over Facebook or using the Messenger. Do you use any other Facebook Messaging app, other that Facebook Messenger? let us know in the comments section below.

  • Chuck Peterson

    I’ve deleted both. I’m not sure where the slippery slope of losing privacy goes critical but this has to be close. I enjoy facebook but not being pressured into giving up more privacy than I want to. I’ll quit first.

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      I don’t think that you will have any fear f losing privacy. Many people have certain misconceptions, beware of other people using your phone, or else, you’re good to go with it.