There's been a lot of talk and complaining about Facebook's new messenger mobile app! It appears that the main concern has been the fact that mobile Facebook users are being forced to download the app in order to retrieve Facebook direct messages on a mobile device. What ever happened to the word, "option?" This is still America? Right? Land of the free? Right?
Surprisingly, Google Play store reported that the new Facebook messenger app has been downloaded over 500 million times despite all of the controversy about its privacy terms.
In an attempt to reply to some of the queries, A Facebook Rep said: "Our goal is to focus development efforts on making messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences." Facebook representatives also said they will move messages out of the main Facebook app, claiming that messaging with the new messenger is faster and more reliable.
We took a look at the terms outlined on other apps on our mobile devices and discovered that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter's privacy terms are extremely similar to the Facebook messenger apps terms. Wow.... As we dug further, we found that Facebook Messenger isn't any more intrusive than Facebook's main app nor any other apps out there!