Privacy concerns over new Facebook Messenger app

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by Jaime Cerreta

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azfamily.com

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 9:45 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Many of us log into Facebook multiple times a day, and now the social network wants us to message our friends differently.

The Facebook mobile app no longer lets you message your friends. You now have to download the Messenger app, which has a long list of privacy agreements.

The new app wants permission to call and text phone numbers, record audio, and take pictures and video.

But Ken Colburn with Data Doctors says this is not unusual.

"If you look at it at face value, you can really read into this stuff," he said. "But if you're going to do that with the Facebook Messenger app, you really should start doing that with all of the apps that you have on your phone because you'll be pretty surprised."

He said that it may not be as sneaky as it sounds.

"They have a vision of where they want to take people with this messager app. They see messaging as the beginning of a much different kind of way that you're going to communicate with friends," Colburn explained.

"If they're going to start turning phones on ... without your knowledge, that would become public knowledge really fast," he added.

Colburn also said these new changes could enable new features you'll love in the future.

So to answer the question of whether to download or not, Colburn told 3TV that he downloaded the new app. 

"Absolutely," he said. "I have no problem with it at all."

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