Facebook Defends Messenger App

Aug 28, 2014

The new Facebook Messenger App isn't exactly making a lot of friends among consumers. As we reported earlier, it has raised many privacy concerns. Not to mention the anger users expressed at having to download a separate app for something the flagship Facebook app had been doing just fine. Now, Facebook has responded to user concerns.

Peter Martinazzi, part of the Messenger app team, posted a short response to some of the more outrageous rumors surrounding the app. For instance, he wrote: "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."

He went on to explain how the app actually uses the camera and microphone on your device-pretty run-of-the-mill stuff, "such as making calls and sending photos, videos or voice messages." It's unlikely that the more conspiracy-minded among us will be persuaded by this explanation, but it may help the public image of the app with a certain set.