Complaints

Facebook. People either love it, or they loathe it; they praise it, or they curse it. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground on it. Additionally, you have two separate types of Facebook users – those that post everything, and those that post very little.

I’m one of those who post very little, but enjoys reading what everyone else is up to. It’s like sneaking up to their windows and peeking in while they’re not looking… Hmm… Does that make me a lurker?

What I totally don’t get is the way people complain unendingly about it, especially when Facebook makes changes to their website, or their user agreements, or even their apps. One of the most recent rants I’ve seen online was about Facebook’s separation of Messenger from Facebook, making it a separate app all it’s own.

But lest people continue to forget the primary focus about Facebook, let me just point it out…

IT’S FREE! YOU DON’T PAY A DAMNED THING TO USE IT! YOU’RE ALLOWED TO POST ANYTHING YOU WANT TO THEIR SERVERS WITHOUT PAYING A SINGLE, STINKING, PENNY! SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE CHANGES THEY MAKE, OR THE AGREEMENTS THEY REQUIRE YOU TO AGREE TO, THEN STOP USING IT! YOU HAVEN’T LOST ANYTHING

*Ahem*

Now that that’s out of my system, let me continue.

For those that will still continue using it and continue to complain every time a change is made, I’d like to offer this little quote from my step-son who laid out a fantastic explanation about those pesky permissions to which Facebook and Messenger was asking you to agree, recently:

Ok so, everyone has been exaggerating & blowing up Facebook Messenger’s permissions & I am going to explain why everyone is wrong & why the app isn’t watching your every move & it is not Big Brother or any of that crap.

So yes Facebook is getting rid of their in-app messenger and forcing everyone to download the standalone version which is way better, faster & the like.

NOW! – As for the permissions, yes it uses your camera, you can text from it, it can see your phone numbers & everything else that a regular texting messaging app can see and do.

Example – if the messenger has a permission that says “it can use your camera” that DOESN’T MEAN it uses it when you’re not in the app. It ONLY uses it when you are inside the app, readying to take a picture of yourself from within the app & sending it to people WITHIN THE APP.

Messenger has these permissions:

Identity – which means it’ll read your contact card on your phone to see if you have Facebook to make the process of signing in easier.

Contacts – to read your contacts, duh

Location – you can send friends your location so they know where you are. If you don’t want to – then TURN IT OFF.

SMS – this is self explanatory really – you can text from the app either your on wifi or using your phone plan.

Phone – you can directly call people you chat with if their number is ON their Facebook PROFILE.

Camera/Microphone (the one that has everyone paranoid) – Lets start with the camera; so you can take pictures from WITHIN THE APP. Microphone to record yourself instead of typing or record a video with SOUND.

Wifi – to make sure you’re connected to a wifi network before sending any messages.

Device ID & Call information – reads your phone to see what kind it is & who you are (again to match with Facebook’s database which is harmless)

That should simplify it for everyone. If you don’t understand something, comment below & I will engrave it into your scalp because you ALL are being ridiculous. Look at all of your other app permissions before you pick ONE app out of the hundred’s [sic] you have installed on your phone!

The app is great so USE IT!

[Curious Bloke and step-son step off soap-box]

I hope this cleared things up about Facebook.

Enjoy!

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