Are Facebook reading Android user's texts or not?
Android phone owners may have been a little worried that Facebook are reading all their texts after The Sunday Times made a bunch of allegations about them. Allegations that Facebook are denying, for the record. Okay lawyers? Now go away.
What kicked the debate off is that, when you agree to download the FB app, there is an agreement in place that permits the company to "read SMS messages stored on your phone or SIM card".
Zuckerberg's company denies this, saying that app's ability to access text messages is open and transparent and that they're not looking at text messages at all.
“The Sunday Times has done some creative conspiracy theorising," the rep said in a statement: "The suggestion that we're secretly reading people texts is ridiculous. Instead, the permission is clearly disclosed on the app page in the Android marketplace and is in anticipation of new features that enable users to integrate Facebook features with their reading and sending of texts."
Facebook concede that its app does have the permission to read, send and edit text messages in a user's phone, but it isn't something they want to do, saying that they've been using the feature to a "limited" extent to road-test a messaging service.
This comes on the back of more claims from The Sunday Times who noted that the YouTube app on Android was capable of remotely accessing and operating users' smartphone cameras to take photographs or videos at any time. Sounds like Google have got some questions that need answering.