Newsflash: Facebook Messenger is Recording You Even When Your Phone is Not Being Used

Written by on January 2, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 1 Comment
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By Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

There are many ups and downs about improvements in technology. We have, undoubtedly, become more enamoured with its ability to make our lives easier, and more informed in ways we never thought possible. Everything has been digitized, and there are so many forms of communication, it’s no wonder the home telephone has collected dust.

People have come to see multi-tasking as a virtue, and so have required companies to make communication easier and faster. Facebook Messenger, for instance, has become a powerful tool for people to connect with each other. It was discovered back in April that 900 million people use Messenger every month, and millions of them are chatting with strangers, friends, family, and getting in touch with businesses. Essentially, information, valuable and personal, is being shared.

The idea seems harmless, but now, a warning is circulating that if you have messenger, you should get rid of it. Then, after you delete it, re-download it and read the terms of agreement.


We’ve long known there are a lot of things the average Facebook user misses when it comes to protecting themselves, simply because there is a lot going on, and also because not everyone is privy to their privacy. But when you realize that the social media giant is purposefully tricking you into being spied on, things feel a bit more personal.

Cellphone users who try to install the Facebook Messenger app must agree to terms of service in order for the company to access your microphone on their device and subsequently record audio at any given moment without your knowledge or permission.

Take a look at the below screenshot:

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Originally entitled: “IF YOU USE FACEBOOK MESSENGER, HERE’S HOW YOU’RE BEING RECORDED EVEN WHEN YOU’RE NOT USING YOUR PHONE”

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  1. slhaurault@gmail.com' Lindsay says:

    To me Facebook verges on evil,as it mines all of your personal info,raids your gallery on your phone. The worst part of that is they force us to give permission to do that,otherwise we cannot post pics. We also have to give them permission to make calls and send sms without our knowledge.
    Here is the best part,you know how you hear of people losing their jobs due to inappropriate pics on Facebook; well Facebook acts just like Credit Reporting Agency and allows companies to purchase these pics.

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