Facebook Messenger, for instance, has become a powerful tool for people to connect with each other. It was discovered back in April that 900 million people use Messenger every month, and millions of them are chatting with strangers, friends, family, and getting in touch with businesses. Essentially, information, valuable and personal, is being shared.
The idea seems harmless, but now, a warning is circulating that if you have messenger, you should get rid of it. Then, after you delete it, re-download it and read the terms of agreement.
We’ve long known there are a lot of things the average Facebook user misses when it comes to protecting themselves, simply because there is a lot going on, and also because not everyone is privy to their privacy. But when you realize that the social media giant is purposefully tricking you into being spied on, things feel a bit more personal.
Cellphone users who try to install the Facebook Messenger app must agree to terms of service in order for the company to access your microphone on their device and subsequently record audio at any given moment without your knowledge or permission.