After recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has increased a lot of their Privacy settings in their app and website. But it has been recently reported by Android users that Facebook has been asking for “Super User” permission. It looks like the developers at Facebook are more likely to live in dangerous situations.
Facebook Asks For Root Permission
Over the weekend, numerous Android smartphone owners voiced their concerns via Reddit and Twitter. They also posted screenshots showing the app asking for root access “forever.”
In case if you don’t know, Facebook is from trusted Play Store app not from any third party source website. Apps that are downloaded from 3rd party websites are not to be trusted but in this case, Facebook which is asking for root permission from from Official Play Store.
The security researchers from WhiteOps SDK said that they’ve already checked for the “codes’ in Facebook and found that it could be their anti-fraud system being processed for blacklisting fraud domain names.(via BleepingComputer.com).
If there was a time for Facebook developers to screw up their code, this is about the worst time to do so. With all the privacy implications of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, users are now piling up new paranoid accusations with every new angry tweet and forum reply, blaming the social network of new nefarious spying attempts.
Users reported seeing the first wave of superuser request dialogs with the Facebook Android app 126.96.36.199.93, while today’s second wave appears to have been triggered with v188.8.131.52.93, based on user reports.
Another user complaining about being asked for “super user” permission by Facebook Android app. This was posted in XDA Developers Forums.
Another user from Twitter being asked for “root” permission.
A spokesperson from Facebook said that they’ve updated the app and left few lines for the users facing this issue.
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”
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