First, this is VERY important to read and understand. Im doing my best to look out for all the Facebook Users who aren't as tech savvy as their kids or friends. Im trying to help explain whats happening because if I don't nobody else will!
If you're anything like your neighbor you probably use Facebook on your phone WAY more than you use it on a computer. You've been sending messages from the Facebook app and it probably always asks you if you want to install the Facebook Messenger App.
Its always been OPTIONAL but coming soon to your Facebook experience.it wont be an option it will be mandatory if you care to send messages from your phone.
No big deal one might think but the part that the average Facebook User doesn't realize is the permissions you must give to Facebook in order to use the Facebook Messenger App. Here is a short list of the most disturbing permissions it requires and a quick explanation of what it means to you and your privacy.
Hopefully, you take this as serious as I do after reading more about it and studying the permissions I have now deleted the app from my phone and don't intend to use it ever again. I still have my Facebook app but I just wont use the messaging feature unless Im at a computer. Even then, I might not use messaging anymore.
With these kinds of privacy invasions I think Facebook is pushing the limits to what people will let them get away with. I remember when the Internet first began its march toward socializing dominance when AOL would send us CDs for free trials every week. On AOL, we made screen names that somewhat hid our identities and protected us against the unseen dangers online. Now, it seems that we've forgotten about that desire to protect our identity and we just lay down and let them invade our privacy.
There may be no turning back at this point because many people wont read this or investigate the permissions of Facebook's new mandatory app but at least I can say I tried to help us put up a fight. Pass this along to your friends and at least try to let them know what they're getting into.