Don’t Fear the FB Messenger App! Buy BlackBerry!

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Over the last 24 hours there have been reports of the new Facebook messenger app’s over-reaching arm with regard to it’s permissions.  A friend of mine posted on his Facebook status that he was unhappy with what the app was asking to have access to and wondered if anyone had any suggestions.  This of course prompted me to suggest BBM and advising that a BlackBerry device was the way to go.

Sam Fiorella of the Huffington Post also wrote about this issue concluding that the best step was to delete the app and review your terms of service in order to protect your privacy.

Over at, PJ Vogt advises us that all each of the permissions can be explained away with erroneous reasons for why this app needs access to certain areas.  Predictably there are always apologists for this kind of security flaw.

Here at UTB, the problem is less of an issue than anywhere else in the mobile tech world.  Why?  We have known for a long time that application permissions are non-negotiable when it comes to privacy and security.  The only ‘alternative’ messenger service, as my friend asked, is BBM.  Security is becoming the name of the game.  This is why BlackBerry wants to put BBM on every platform out there.  If you must avoid a BlackBerry device (and there’s absolutely no reason why you should) or you a waiting for your next upgrade to allow you to come #BackToBlack, at least make BBM your messenger default. 

Protect yourselves. Go BBM!


Chap has been a BlackBerry user since 2009 when he picked up his trusty new Torch 9800. Since then he has been about all things BlackBerry keeping tabs on the Australian market. As a hobby he also supports an Australian Aged Care organisation as their in-house spiritual practitioner.

  • Blackjack

    It would be a very dark world without the. Blackberry alternative. O Canada we salute you!

    OKay maybe O Waterloo….

  • ital1

    I don’t understand why people continuously sacrifice security for convenience. Now that BBM is truly cross platform, there is no reason not to choose BBM. Once voice and video calling rolls out to WP, and video calling to iOS and Android, you won’t find a better alternative. The only advantage that Skype, FB Messenger and Viber have is the ability to call phone numbers. With that being said, I still only trust BlackBerry.

  • Anthony

    Not that long ago Facebook was exposed manipulating an ‘experiimental’ set if its users with positive and negative media story pictures to ‘see what happens’. This kind of thing is the motivation for destroying privacy.

    Maybe Facebook doesn’t want to just sell information. Do they want users, billions of users they can manipulate or steer (e.g during elections or wars)? locco_smiley_26