App Store Reviewers Are Furious At Facebooks Mandatory Migration To Messenger

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App Store Reviewers Are Furious At Facebooks Mandatory Migration To Messenger
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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 

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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
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Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
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5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
<img =

Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
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iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
" onclick="Set_Cookie('sjsafemode', 'true', '1', '/', '', '');window.location.href='http://www.funnycaptions.com/img/128027/app-store-reviewers-are-furious-at-facebooks-mandatory-migration-to-messenger/';" style="min-width:300px;min-height:300px;max-width:300px;max-height:300px;"="http://www.searchjokes.com/img/pics/201408_1755_bfaaf.png" width="625" height="208">
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
" onclick="Set_Cookie('sjsafemode', 'true', '1', '/', '', '');window.location.href='http://www.funnycaptions.com/img/128027/app-store-reviewers-are-furious-at-facebooks-mandatory-migration-to-messenger/';" style="min-width:300px;min-height:300px;max-width:300px;max-height:300px;"="http://www.searchjokes.com/img/pics/201408_1756_fbifc.png" width="625" height="202">
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
<img =

Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
" onclick="Set_Cookie('sjsafemode', 'true', '1', '/', '', '');window.location.href='http://www.funnycaptions.com/img/128027/app-store-reviewers-are-furious-at-facebooks-mandatory-migration-to-messenger/';" style="min-width:300px;min-height:300px;max-width:300px;max-height:300px;"="http://www.searchjokes.com/img/pics/201408_1757_ffdfb.png" width="625" height="167">
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
" onclick="Set_Cookie('sjsafemode', 'true', '1', '/', '', '');window.location.href='http://www.funnycaptions.com/img/128027/app-store-reviewers-are-furious-at-facebooks-mandatory-migration-to-messenger/';" style="min-width:300px;min-height:300px;max-width:300px;max-height:300px;"="http://www.searchjokes.com/img/pics/201408_1758_fgbfi.png" width="625" height="185">
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
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"This app is dumb as rocks."
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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
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iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.

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Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
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But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
<img =

Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
" onclick="Set_Cookie('sjsafemode', 'true', '1', '/', '', '');window.location.href='http://www.funnycaptions.com/img/128027/app-store-reviewers-are-furious-at-facebooks-mandatory-migration-to-messenger/';" style="min-width:300px;min-height:300px;max-width:300px;max-height:300px;"="http://www.searchjokes.com/img/pics/201408_1805_hhdcf.png" width="625" height="160">
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
<img =

Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
" onclick="Set_Cookie('sjsafemode', 'true', '1', '/', '', '');window.location.href='http://www.funnycaptions.com/img/128027/app-store-reviewers-are-furious-at-facebooks-mandatory-migration-to-messenger/';" style="min-width:300px;min-height:300px;max-width:300px;max-height:300px;"="http://www.searchjokes.com/img/pics/201408_1807_deecb.png" width="625" height="160">
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
<img =

Over the last several days, Facebook has been notifying users that they will only be able to message their friends and "the people you care about" according to the app description on iTunes Store via Facebook Messenger, the formerly optional external app the company rolled out in 2011.

And users are none too happy about it.
Facebook Messenger, now the top free app on iTunes, has 17,644 ratings, 13,369 reviews and is averaging a lowly one star. 


Though there are sprinkling of good reviews, the majority of reviewers are upset by the mandatory download and have expressed concern over everything from space and usage issues related to downloading an additional application to general performance-related issues and, of course, privacy.

According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the concerns over privacy have been misguided by some inaccuracies in a December article in The Huffington Post entitled The Insidiousness of Facebook Messengers Mobile App Terms of Service.

"The Huffington Post contributed piece that started this meme is from December of last year," the Facebook spokeswoman said. "Its bubbling back up because of what we announced last week regarding the ability for people to send and read messages moving out of the main Facebook app and into Messenger. To be clear nothing changed with that update regarding the permissions Messenger asks for. The Huffington Post piece incorrectly refers to Android app permissions as Messengers Terms of Service. Two very different things."

Misguided or not often the users most likely to leave reviews are those that would be particularly frustrated by smaller changes to the service many users have turned to the iTunes store to air their grievances about the mandatory download.

"So there I was, pooping"
5 out of 5 customers found this review helpful. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I dont want you sending messages to my girlfriend"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"Thanks Obama"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"The noises are harsh and they hurt my ears."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"You're basically giving a stranger your phone"
This user might be a little confused about what five stars means. iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"BEWARE THE CHIP."
ITUNES / Via itunes.apple.com

"Terrible App"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"This app is dumb as rocks."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

Android reviews on the Google Play store are generally better than iTunes with an overall score of 4.1/5. Recent reviews since the forced migration are equally bad though.


But it's not all bad. There have been a small minority of reviewers (who are purportedly not Facebook employees) that have come to the defense of the app:

"Your life is not that important for anyone to listen in on."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"A lot of misinformed reviews"
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com

"I for one think you should all rethink your lives before you spend your time giving one star reviews on an app that is useful beyond measure."
iTunes / Via itunes.apple.com
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