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The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger’s Android Mobile App Permissions,” went viral on the Huffington Post.

The article written by Sam Fiorella has created quite the rage on whether or not individuals feel violated using this app or any app for that matter. It is also timed perfectly as Facebook moves from suggesting you download the Messenger app to forcing you to do so if you want to message from your phone.  (Mashable has published a few work arounds on this, although chances are Facebook will correct that pretty quickly)

With all the negative press on Facebook’s advertisements overtaking friends’ baby photos and actual news from friends on your personal newsfeed, the concern for privacy is timely. However, this is nothing new or different.

Most apps that we download include a privacy statement and/or end-user license agreement (EULA) longer than your smartest friend’s PhD thesis and which is only read by a select few. We check the box that we read it, which is like signing a document and proof enough in a court of law, so we’ve basically just given away our rights to be followed and for marketing research to ensue. A perfect example of this happened in 2005, when PC Pitstop included a clause in their EULA that offered us $1K to the first user that contacted them about it. It took 5 months and over 3,000 sales before someone actually contacted them. A very select few are reading EULAs.

So, should I download the Messenger app?

That’s really a personal choice. But, if you choose to swear off Facebook messenger app, there are a host of other apps that you should probably delete. It’s kind of like saying you are a diehard vegetarian, but still eat Prime Rib once a week at Grandma Jane’s house.

If you’d like to review those permissions one by one, Mashable published, “Don’t Freak Out About the Facebook Messenger App,” article by Christina Warren that eloquently clears up a lot of the hubbub.