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Facebook Fears Surround Messenger App Changes -- Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Could your smart phone record video without you knowing it?

According the the terms and conditions of the Facebook Messenger app for android devices, the answer is "maybe."

If you install the app to an android device, you're giving Facebook permission to send and receive text messages, directly call phone numbers, delete content on your USB storage and take pictures and video, as well as record audio from your phone.

"Who knows what could happen to that information if it falls into the wrong hands," said Leslie Belknap, Facebook user.

You can see why Facebook says they need this access by clicking here.

The post says the access enhances your messaging experience.  However, it only includes a list that mentions only "some of the permissions we request for the app."

Giving apps access to personal data is not uncommon.

Facebook users with iPhones started receiving messages in early August, that told them they'd have to download a separate Messenger app to read their Facebook messages.

"Our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences," a Facebook spokesperson said. "Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we'll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people."

Keep in mind that giving apps access to personal data is not uncommon.

Many apps like games, texting services and mapping functions require you to agree to some of the same permissions that Facebook's Messenger request.

Experts say without those permission, those apps' connectivity and execution could be seriously affected.


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