Facebook finally began officially addressing concerns about the permissions and privacy settings in its Messenger applications, with some mobile users seeing posts atop their News Feeds titled, “Messenger: Myths vs. Facts,” containing a “Learn More” button that brings users to a post by Peter Martinazzi, a product manager on the Messenger team.
Nick Summers of The Next Web shared the screenshots above. The post, titled, “Get the Facts About Messenger,” reads:
You might have heard the rumors going around about the Messenger app. Some have claimed that the app is always using your phone’s camera and microphone to see and hear what you’re doing. These reports aren’t true, and many have been corrected. Still, we want to address some concerns you might have.
How we actually use the camera and microphone: Like most other apps, we request permission to run certain features, such as making calls and sending photos, videos or voice messages. If you want to send a selfie to a friend, the app needs permission to turn on your phone’s camera and capture that photo. We don’t turn on your camera or microphone when you aren’t using the app.
Why we’re asking people to install Messenger: We’re committed to providing a fast, reliable and fun messaging app that anyone in the world can use to reach the people who matter to them. That’s why we’re focusing just on Messenger and moving messages out of the Facebook app. People usually respond about 20 percent faster when they have Messenger, and we think they’ll find both apps useful in different ways. We hope you’ll try out Messenger and enjoy everything else you can do with the app, like chatting with groups and sending stickers.
Here are some outside opinions you might also find useful:
- 6 Tips for Facebook Messenger: Talking Tech (USA Today)
- Facebook Messenger Privacy Fears? Here’s What to Know (The Wall Street Journal)
- Busted: 5 Myths About Facebook’s Messenger App (AP)
Readers: Are you surprised that it took so long for Facebook to respond to the controversy over Messenger?
Screenshots courtesy of Nick Summers, The Next Web.