Consumer Watch: Facebook app safety

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 4:29 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's been in the works for months, but Facebook recently started asking mobile users to download a separate messenger app in order to access Facebook messages.

Many users have balked at downloading the second app and privacy has been a concern of users faced with a long list of app permissions.

Facebook said users can revoke certain permissions like syncing a phone's contacts if they choose, so take a moment to go through your settings carefully.

Facebook has also rolled out new rules for game developers to help crack down on unintentional in-app purchases. If a game has any mandatory and optional purchases attached to it, Facebook will now require that to be noted in a game's description.

In an effort to curb what's called "like farming," games will not be able to give in-game bonuses in exchange for a player's thumbs-up.

Finally, Facebook users hoping to add some colorful personality to their pages may think they're in luck with an app that promises to change their profile from the standard blue and white. In reality, it's a scam.

These scams pop up every once in a while and Cheetah Mobile Security said the latest has duped more than 10,000 Facebook users into watching a video that purports to teach them how to change the color, but really downloads Malware onto their computer or mobile device.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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