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Facebook Messenger app isn't evil & it's not about to spy on you - but it is getting ads

Ashleigh Allsopp | March 1, 2016
The truth behind reports that claim Facebook Messenger can spy on you, call your friends and take control of your mobile device. Plus: Messenger is to get ads, but how does this affect your privacy?

So, while it is pretty annoying that Facebook wants us all to download the Messenger app (we all hate change, but we'll get used to it), don't let scaremongers put you off of downloading and using the app. All apps come with privacy concerns of one kind or another and Facebook Messenger is no different, but it's not going to spy on you and it's not going to send messages to your friends or call your family without you knowing. 

If you want a bit of a giggle, you can watch the Fox 29 report that's been doing the rounds this month and scaring people into believing that Facebook is going to spy on you. While some of what he says is true (Facebook, as well as the rest of the internet, is collecting data from you in order to show you adverts it thinks you will be interested in), you shouldn't believe everything he says.

After all, Anthony Mongeluzo, who is apparently a "tech expert," calls Nike's FuelBand the Nike FitBand and also suggests that WhatsApp is called What's Up App.

 

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