It seems Facebook can’t catch a break these days. On May 21, 2014, Facebook shared with the world their newest app, which would allow users a quicker way to add more to their status update experience.
However, petitions are in circulation to get the new app shutdown and fast, as reported by Business Insider on June 5, 2014. The new app offers an “opt-in” feature where users can share what they are watching or listening to, that doesn’t sound too scary now does it?
Say you are watching your favorite television show and you want to add a status update to Facebook; by “opting in” to use the feature, Facebook uses your phones microphone to pick up what it hears, searching it’s database of songs, shows or movies collected and then allows you to decide if you want to add it to your update. This comes straight from Facebook’s Newsrooms itself.
With all the privacy issues, Facebook has already been known to be in hot water with users over receiving millions of dollars for working with the NSA’s PRISM program and their default settings set to public, which by the way Facebook has changed. They seemed to jump right from the frying pan into the fire with this one and account holders aren’t buying it.
More than a half a million people have signed a petition to do away with this app at Sum Of +Us Petition. The petition urges account holders, “Tell Facebook not to release this creepy and dangerous new app that listens in to ones surrounds and conversation.”
Account holders fear, the app will allow Facebook to listen in at any time and collect any information they want, "with the sale going to the highest bidder to advertisers and corporations looking to gain more information on their target audience”, says sumofus.org.
This may not have been the best time for Facebook to place such a bold app out there. Account holders have lost trust in social media sites and it seems they are beginning to alienate themselves in a way that could make them loose ground fast.
Instead of looking for ways to gain a profit, technology companies like Facebook, Yahoo and Google need to be focusing on gaining the trust of their account holders back. "They don’t seem to notice they are spiraling out of control when it comes to privacy issues and securing the backing of those who actually keep them in business." wspickerman
Facebook, is aware of users concerns and have provided a more in-depth supple of answers to the new apps concerns. You can find this information posted here at Facebook Newsroom. Though Facebook says they will use the new app responsibly, one can't help but look at their track record thus far.