If you're like much of America, you use Facebook as a means of keeping up with family, friends and Hollywood. One of the perks of using the Facebook app is the instant messaging portion in 'Messages' which allows you to talk freely with others.
It's always been an option to download their third-party app Facebook Messenger to chat, but soon it will be mandatory if you want to converse with your friends via Facebook. What many people don't realize is by downloading the app, you grant Facebook permission to do a multitude of things like call phone numbers, send SMS messages, record audio, take pictures and read personal profile information stored on your phone.
These are snippets of the Terms of Service for the new Facebook Messenger app, via Huffington Post:
Allows the app to change the state of network connectivity - The app can turn your phone connections on and off without telling you.
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 - The app can call phone numbers within your call log without your permission. If you have paid minutes, this will count against them.
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 - The app can message anyone it likes without asking your permission and cost you money if you don't have a texting plan.
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.