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Facebook's Android app wants to access the users’ text messages

Feb 4 2014, 12:12pm CST | by , in News | Android

Facebook's Android app wants to access the users’ text messages
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The famous social networking site, Facebook's latest application update for the Android mobile OS platform asks for the access to the user’s text messages.

According to the Facebook's latest Android app permission webpage, the Facebook Inc. claims that the reason it requires the access to the text messages is to connect the phone numbers with Facebook accounts. If a user adds a phone number to his/ her account, the Facebook post explains, that will allow them to confirm the user’s phone number automatically by finding the confirmation code that the authority sent via text message.

Still, the users are worried about that, even though the Facebook Inc. has promised that it would access their SMS data only for connecting the phone numbers, it is a little too much intrusive and it could even lead to their personal details being compromised.

A security researcher, Tony Calileo, was one of the first persons to notice the update feature in the application.

He said, “Like most other people, I blindly clicked on the 'accept' option when it prompted for the new permissions on the Facebook's Android App update that day (Jan 27) and something just caught my eye, and after I cancelled the update, I took a screenshot of it.

Calileo also warns that users should stick with the old version of the app, get rid of the Facebook app on Android, or they have to accept that Facebook have got the access to every one of the user’s text messages, their call log, their personal contact card, even the names of whatever the other apps the user is using.

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