Like many mobile users, I received the a push notification in my mobile stream tonight and two thoughts crossed my mind:
- It’s not a “fact” until your lawyers say it is. If it’s really true that you’re not going to turn on a phone’s microphone, then put that in writing - in the terms of service. If you’re so certain, then put it in the contract. If you’re lawyers won’t do that — then it’s not a fact.
- What the heck took you so long? There’s a PR pro employed by Facebook that’s got a lump on his or her head from banging it into a wall. Sam Fiorella wrote his post — The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger’s Android Mobile App Permissions — in December 2013! It has 30,000 shares and it took Facebook eight months to respond?! There’s a stubborn and tone deaf executive at Facebook that’s held up a response for months. The usage numbers must be in the drink for Facebook to come out now.
It’s sorry excuse for a response. And I think Facebook is in real trouble. Any time a company makes it so easy for the herd to pile on, there’s an enormous underlying problem.
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