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Facebook denies Sunday Times report

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"Facebook Sunday Times"Social Networking giant “Facebook” denies Sunday Times report and confirmed that they are not accessing any personal information of their users.

Previously, Sunday Times reported that Facebook has been accessing user’s text messages and personal information using smartphone apps. It also reported Facebook admitted that they’ve been reading users text messages during the test of its own messaging service. According to Sunday Times, Social network has been accessing information such as user location, contacts list, and browser history. Some times the company has been sharing the data to third-party companies and advertisers too.

Facebook condemned reports and insists that accusations are inaccurate and misleading. The company said they’re not reading user’s text messages. Facebook apps on Android apps have SMS read/write permissions and all the SMS service providers have been using these permissions. Facebook also said the company has performed testing operations regarding their messaging service to communicate with Facebook app. The company confirmed that they did not release these features to their users.

Smartphone privacy terms were tighten after allegations raised over iOS and Android application that are accessing users personal information without permission.

The company has released a statement – “Facebook is currently running a limited test of mobile features which integrate with SMS functionality. SMS read/write is not currently implemented for most users of the mobile app. As part of this test, we declared the presence of that functionality within our app store permissions starting with the 1.7 version of our application. If Facebook ultimately launches any feature that makes use of these permissions, we will ensure that this is accompanied by appropriate guidance/educational materials.”

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