In a help article on Facebook.com, the company explains why some of these permissions are needed, noting for example that accessing the device’s microphone and camera is necessary for sending video messages.
Those permissions are similar to those required by other messenger apps, such as Snapchat or Viber.
There’s good reason to be skeptical of Facebook when it comes to privacy, but the Facebook Messenger app isn’t the privacy nightmare that some people think it is.
Facebook is gradually forcing users of its mobile app to download the Facebook Messenger app to their smartphones and tablets in order to continue using the chat feature.
These anonymous havens give singles leeway to be themselves and chat with desirable people online — all without leaving their couch.
Among the permissions the app requires are several that have given users reason to complain – when you install the Android app, you have to grant access to your device’s contacts, microphone, stored photos, videos, SMS messages, location, and more.This move has led to a backlash against the social media giant, and it’s not just because Messenger is a separate app that takes up a lot of extra device memory.Messenger offers much more than the traditional chat available on Facebook.com, including the ability to place calls, send videos, and send messages from the home screen without opening the app.Joining is easy and just takes a few seconds: Simply click the link in the invitation. Just remember to register first if attending a webinar or class. Once there, type or paste the ID provided by the organizer. First, download the free Go To Meeting, Go To Webinar or Go To Training app on the App Store, Google Play or Windows store.(The registration link is in the invitation email.)Alternatively, if you have the session ID but don’t have easy access to the direct link: For a meeting, go to Click Yes or Always (or Trust on a Mac) if prompted to accept the download. Once installed, it’s much like joining from a computer.In June of last year, on a whim and mostly out of boredom, Abuhamdeh mounted his phone next to the register and began to broadcast his day on You Now, a live streaming service. People would walk up and pay, he would ring them up, and then as they left, nail them with a zinger spoken to the camera.