Ridiculous Facebook App Permissions

Facebook is well known to have scary permission requests, but just how scary? They may try to cover temselves by making excuses how people are too paranoid and they take things out of context, so let’s see.

I’ll put the ‘scary’ permissions in bold.
This app has access to:
Device & app history

  • retrieve running apps


  • add or remove accounts
  • read your own contact card
  • find accounts on the device


  • add or modify calendar events and send emails to guests without owners’ knowledge
  • read calendar events plus confidential information


  • read your contacts
  • modify your contacts


  • approximate location (network-based)
  • precise location (GPS and network-based)


  • read your text messages (SMS or MMS)


  • write call log
  • read call log
  • directly call phone numbers

Photos / Media / Files

  • read the contents of your USB storage
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage


  • take pictures and videos


  • record audio

Wi-Fi connection information

  • view Wi-Fi connections

Device ID & call information

  • read phone status and identity


  • receive data from Internet
  • adjust your wallpaper size
  • download files without notification
  • read battery statistics
  • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
  • full network access
  • change your audio settings
  • change network connectivity
  • control vibration
  • expand/collapse status bar
  • create accounts and set passwords
  • send sticky broadcast
  • run at startup
  • read sync settings
  • set wallpaper
  • view network connections
  • reorder running apps
  • toggle sync on and off
  • read Google service configuration
  • install shortcuts
  • prevent device from sleeping
  • draw over other apps

I may have only put a few things in bold, but look at the other stuff. Facebook say that most of those permissions need user interaction and maybe they do, but there are quite a few things that don’t.

As for the now separate Messenger, that will NEVER even grace ANY device that I own.