by Marty Carlson


If you have Facebook messenger on your phone or handheld device you may consider deleting. If you re-download messenger and actually read the terms of agreement you might be surprised that what’s in there.

I personally heard about this about five years ago and I hesitated on putting the app on my phone, and I refuse to put Facebook on my phone because they want to read your personal information including your contacts and text messages.

Government regulations are now requiring many new things in cell phones to be done by the manufacturers. Notice you are unable to take batteries out these days. Facebook messenger app users are asked to agree to terms of service that allow the social networking giant to use the microphone on the device record audio at any time without their permission.

Please read excerpts from those terms of agreements and terms of service below:

If you note it also authorizes Facebook to take videos and pictures using the phone’s camera at any time without your permission. As well as directly calling numbers, again without your permission, that could incur charges.

Facebook can also read your phone call log and data about contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency in which you’ve called, emailed or communicated know the ways with specific individuals.

Many other apps on android and Apple devices include similar terms to those above, but this appears to be by far the most invasive application that I have seen so far.

Most people agreed to terms of service without even reading them, and Facebook users are agreeing to let Facebook monitor them 24/7, green lighting the kind of open and wiretap that would even make the NSA jealous.

Other Companies also require you to allow them to approximate your location, and send SMS messages from your phone that could cost you money, read your contact, read your phone status and identity, and get full network access to your communications (in other words listen to your phone calls), modify or delete the contents of USB storage, and disable your screen lock.

I have noted in the past that embedded microphones in video games like Xbox have been suspected of doing this in the past.

Always remember there is video everywhere that includes audio, and there seems to be no privacy whatsoever with the availability of the Internet everywhere in our lives.