So finally the deployment of Facebook messenger has been done and that too forcefully. Users around the world are disgruntled with the cocky behavior of Facebook which disabled the inbuilt messenger functionality earlier found in the FB app. Now in order to chat with your Facebook friends on your smartphone you separately need to have official Facebook messenger app installed. However, there is a workaround which allows you to chat without messenger app by signing into Facebook using your smartphone’s browser.
In another embarrassing development for Facebook the messenger app which until recently had a good rating has suddenly started getting just 1 star rating owing to disgruntled users venting out their anger. Although the rating may have nosedived but due to forced installs Facebook messenger app has suddenly become No. 1 free app on Apple app store. In a stark contrast to current 1 star rating, FB messenger app earlier used to have an average of 4 star rating.
Although the ratings haven’t been affected much on Google Play Store, but the recent comments and ratings across the world are negative. Google Play Store assigns a cumulative rating for apps which basically means that the rating assigned is sum total of ratings of all the versions released till date, unlike on the Apple App Store which assigns rating based only on the current version of app. Facebook app users are thronging to various platforms like twitter, app store comments to express displeasure with recent Facebook move to make messenger inevitable for messaging. Below you can see some of the twitter users venting out their frustration.
— jezemel (@arovee) August 10, 2014
One thing is clear from all these negative reviews and ratings that users don’t like it when functionality of one app is killed and repackaged in another app just to fulfill whims and fancies of big corporations like Facebook. This move may not affect Facebook much in the short run but could be detrimental to its success in long run as people have a good option in the form of Google Plus. Facebook users are not just pissed off by the forced nature of FB messenger but are also wary of the privacy levels this app offers to them. A recent post on Huffington Post by Sam Fiorella outlined all the permissions you have to grant in order to download it on your smartphone. We have posted these permissions below for your peruse.
- Allows the app to change the state of network connectivity
- Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.
- Allows the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.
- Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.
- Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others.
- Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
- Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.