How often do you read the permissions Facebook or any other online service asks of you? Your answer probably will be ‘never,’ and why would you? The general belief here is that it’s basically a lot of words that have been placed there just to fulfill legal formalities.
But the masses’ ignorance and lack of concern in this regard has allowed Mark Zuckerburg’s brainchild to stealthily collect your assent to sharing your private data with them. Apparently, the latest update to Facebook’s Android app has been seeking permissions from its users to read their text messages too.
The matter would have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for a conscious Android user named Tony Calileo, who – after catching a glimpse of the said permission – cancelled the update, took a screenshot and posted it online for all to see. Check out the image posted below:
So why does Facebook need to read your personal messages? The first thing that comes to mind is the NSA threat. The social media site’s media reps went to great lengths last year to assure they haven’t been siphoning off private information despite many requests to do so.
The issue in hand could easily be linked with those concerns, but chances are that this round of prying is being conducted for Facebook’s own benefit. It’s no secret that the company uses the data we feed it to shove specialized, person-specific assortment of advertisements in our faces. And by gaining access to our text messages, it could perform that advertising task so much better.
What do people on Twitter think of this controversial update?
As of their latest update, Facebook can read your texts on Android phones. -> If not NSA, fb will f*ck you http://t.co/jqz4n0Jhi0— Jakub Oboza (@jakuboboza) January 28, 2014
I don't need Facebook seeing my countless dominoes offers and dads racist jokes. http://t.co/jsgHY7uuVa— Tommie Gleave (@GleaveTS) January 28, 2014
So Facebook, you want to read all my text messages now too? http://t.co/cKBhKokZGJ /— Dave Murray (@dave_murray) January 28, 2014
Bye bye FB app. http://t.co/98bXxbGmmE— Matt Humphrey (@m4tthumphrey) January 28, 2014