The Alarming Message Left Several Facebook Users Concerned
Apparently, Facebook wants complete access to its user's data and that's what several users of the social media service reported early Friday on Twitter.
BY SEPH BRAND
MAY 20, 2018
A new version of the Android app left several users frightened when a dialogue box requesting "superuser access" to their devices appeared in the screens, yes, you read well, Facebook wanted "complete access" to the phones for, let's say like "FOREVER".
Bleeping Computer reported wasn't very clear what happened here, but a possible coding error could be the responsible.
Besides, remember Facebook still working to manage the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, and this does not help too much to overcome such situation.
Evidently, this isn't something new because on May 9, Reddit post calls out the same issue.
"So, I have Facebook asking for root access, as soon as I open an 'Instant Article'," wrote Reddit user Seguin. "I have a screenshot of the resultant MagiskSU pop-up identifying the requesting app's package name as 'com.facebook.katana.'"
At the end of the day a very poor statement was offered by a Facebook spokesperson:
A coding error in one of our anti-fraud systems caused a small number of people running the Facebook app and certain permission management apps on rooted Android phones to see a request for additional access permissions. We do not need or want these permissions, and we have already fixed this issue. We apologize for any confusion.
Thankfully, there are two steps you can take to fight back against this superuser request: first click "deny," and then delete your account.