If You Have Facebook Messenger, You Are Being Recorded Even When Not On The Phone

How much more in bed with Obama and the NSA can Facebook get?

My suggestion: If you have messenger on our phone delete it. Then re-download it and read the terms of agreement.This is sheer lunacy.

Also for those who didn’t know this one, check out the video below.

This news is actually about 5-7 years old. Notice what the government has made cell phone makers do now?

Notice you can’t take the battery out?

Cellphone users who attempt to install the Facebook Messenger app are asked to agree to terms of service that allow the social networking giant to use the microphone on their device to record audio at any time without their permission.


As the screenshot above illustrates (click on image above to enlarge), users are made to accept an agreement that allows Facebook to “record audio with the microphone….at any time without your confirmation.”

The TOS also authorizes Facebook to take videos and pictures using the phone’s camera at any time without permission, as well as directly calling numbers, again without permission, that could incur charges.

But wait, there’s more! Facebook can also “read your phone’s call log” and “read data about contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.”

Although most apps on Android and Apple devices include similar terms to those pictured above, this is easily the most privacy-busting set of mandates we’ve seen so far.

Since the vast majority of people will agree to these terms without even reading them, cellphone users are agreeing to let Facebook monitor them 24/7, green lighting the kind of open ended wiretap that would make even the NSA jealous.

Other app companies are also requiring you to allow them to approximate your location, send SMS messages from your phone that cost you money, read your contacts, read your phone status and identity, get “full network access” to your communications (in other words listen to your phone calls), modify or delete the contents of your USB storage, and disable your screen lock (the 4 digit code that password-protects your phone).

As been previously highlighted, embedded microphones in everything from Xbox Kinect consoles to high-tech street lights that can record private conversations in real time represent the final nail in the coffin of privacy as the ‘Internet of things’ becomes a part of our daily lives. (source)

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  • Mac

    The mobile Facebook messenger app didn’t even exist until August of 2011… that’s only 3.5 years ago. Where did you get your 5-7 years figure? Also, you CAN take the battery out. All you have to do is unscrew the bottom, it’s really not that hard. This is obviously some made up, conspiracy theory bullshit.

    • Lea Johnson

      The cops can track anyone’s phone if they have Facebook or not. The only way to avoid that is to keep getting disposable no contract phones and throwing them out frequently and getting a new disposable phone with a different number. How do they charge people with conspiracy on drugs if they Dont have the phones tapped. I Dont think their interested in everyone’s conversations unless their involved in heavy crime. But its technology and that’s just the way it is…..now is it illegal? Will a recorded conversation that was unknown by both parties hold up in court? I Dont know the answer to that. If any one does please reply. Thank you for listening:)

      • Jenifer Jones

        At least one person in the conversation has to be aware that the conversation is being recorded. Otherwise, it will be thrown out of court. Alabama law anyways. Not sure about the other states. Google it.