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Why does Facebook Messenger require so much data?

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As Facebook is unbundling its Facebook Messenger capabilities, turning off messages within the main app, reaction from users has been swift and negative.

Much of the paranoia is fueled by a Huffington Post story from November 2013, as well as a post by a radio station in Houston — both written to stoke fear within Facebook users.

While Facebook Messenger on Android does ask for several permissions that seem privacy-invasive, these actions cannot happen without manual user action. Facebook Messenger will not call people on your behalf or alter your network for Mark Zuckerberg’s benefit.

So why does it all seem so invasive? Mashable has an amazing post breaking down every single permission the Messenger app asks for, explaining why the app needs them.

A Facebook spokesperson said that the permissions for Facebook Messenger haven’t changed since app first launched. The story points out that Google Play permissions can be scary and convoluted.

But why is Facebook doing this in the first place? Facebook wants to make the main app faster by removing a core component — messaging — and moving it into a separate app. By having a Facebook app free of messages, it can run and load faster. By having all messaging components within Messenger, it makes the messaging experience that much faster.

Mashable explained why these permissions seem so scary:

From time to time, Facebook requests more permissions from the system to perform certain tasks. Generally, the company explains why those permissions are being requested.

Nothing that Facebook is requesting for Facebook Messenger is new. If you installed the app last year, you’ve approved all of these permissions already.

We can argue about whether users should be able to approve certain permissions individually — and that’s a good discussion to have. But that is up to Google, not Facebook. When it comes to Android app permissions, Facebook has to play by Google’s rules.

Readers: Will you install Facebook Messenger?

Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

Gillmor Gang: More of the Same

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Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

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Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version

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Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

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Facebook Messenger Adds Video And Quicker Selfies For Snapchat-Style Visual Conversations

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Facebook Is Forcing All Users To Download Messenger By Ripping Chat Out Of Its Main Apps

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WhatsApp Experiences Second Major Outage Following Facebook Acquisition

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Panic! Despair! Switch to Facebook Messenger!…Ah, I see what you did there, Facebook. Mobile messaging application WhatsApp is this morning experiencing its second major outage since Facebook bought the company in February for $19 billion. According to TechCrunch tipsters, reports on Twitter and DownDetector.com, the service has been experiencing issues for roughly an hour, at least in some… Read More

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Facebook Messenger Adds A Dedicated Groups Tab

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Facebook is gradually rolling out an update to its Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android. Users will see a new dedicated “Groups” tab for group discussions. Instead of mixing one-on-one conversations with group discussions, you can pin permanent group discussions in a separate tab. You can also pin existing group discussions or start a new group from this screen. When you create a… Read More

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Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers launches

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MessengerBecomeATester650Facebook Messenger for Android became the latest application to get the beta-testing treatment, as the social network announced in a post on its engineering blog that the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program is now live.

The Facebook for Android Beta Testers program launched last July, and users were able to preview and test several features that were later added to the social network’s flagship Android app and its Home Android overlay.

Facebook Mobile Infrastructure Team Engineer Luiz Scheidegger wrote in the blog post announcing Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers:

Beginning today, the Facebook Messenger for Android beta program will give people who opt in access to the latest versions of Messenger for Android before the general release. As with the main Facebook application, our goals with this program are to expand our pool of testers and gain feedback across a more diverse set of devices. Simply by using the app and reporting issues, beta-testers will be able to help us improve performance and the overall experience on a wide variety of Android devices at scale.

The beta program will provide us with an early warning system that will help make everyone’s experience with the app better once we push it more broadly. Also, since Messenger is all about private sharing and small groups communication, the beta program will give us another channel to understand what kinds of sharing tools resonate with people using Messenger.

Anyone can join the beta program. When you do, you will get a small batch of fixes and new features every month. We ask that you use your app as you normally would, but submit a report when you encounter a bug or other issue. Because the beta build will have features that are still in progress, the app may be less stable than you’re accustomed to. Feedback on stability, as well as any other performance issues you experience, is important to this program and deeply appreciated.

  1. Join the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers Google group.
  2. Allow beta downloads by clicking “Become a Tester” in the Google Play Store (you need to join the Google Group before becoming a tester).
  3. Download Facebook Messenger from the Play Store to update your app.
  4. Turn on automatic updates, as the beta version of Facebook Messenger for Android will be updated multiple times per week.

The Facebook for Android beta program has already helped us improve the quality and overall experience of the main Facebook app on Android. We’re excited to bring those improvements to Messenger, and to have people who use Messenger participate more in the process of building the best mobile-to-mobile messaging platform.

Android users: Will you participate in the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers program?

Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

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