Facebook Really Wants You to Stop Being Pissed About Messenger

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Facebook wants you to know Messenger isn't spying on you.

After people got mad about the company's decision to make downloading Facebook Messenger necessary to use Facebook Chat on mobile, the backlash got so bad Facebook's Peter Martinazzi issued an official "calm the eff down" announcement.

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.

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He didn't apologize for making everyone download a second Facebook app in order to have access to Facebook's full functionality on mobile (on the contrary, he reaffirmed Facebook's belief that insisting on Messenger will make your life better). But he did attempt to assuage fears that Facebook is insisting on Messenger so it can Big Brother the shit out of us:

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.

Facebook's decision to respond to the spying rumors indicate they received a significant amount of backlash... or that they're trying to divert attention away from how annoying their mandatory Messenger decision is by pretending to ameliorate conspiracy theorists. [The Next Web]

DISCUSSION

It's a shame more people aren't abandoning Facebook. It was such an amazing tool in its infancy. Several months ago - before I abandoned the service for good - my news feed was nothing but ads and auto-play videos for shit I wasn't even interested in, with no option to turn them off. Between this, the behavioral tests, and the privacy issues...I'm shocked that more people aren't jumping ship.

These companies will never stop fucking with you until you make it clear to them that you won't stand for it.

P.S. - How the hell do I get out of this grey comment nonsense? Can I just be +1'd forever, please? Thanks.