Facebook Spies on Phone Users’ Text Messages

Internet giant Facebook is accessing smartphone users’ personal text messages, an investigation revealed Sunday.

Facebook admitted reading text messages belonging to smartphone users who downloaded the social-networking app and said that it was accessing the data as part of a trial to launch its own messaging service, The London Sunday Times reported.

Other well-known companies accessing smartphone users’ personal data — such as text messages — include photo-sharing site Flickr, dating site Badoo and Yahoo Messenger, the paper said.

It claimed that some apps even allow companies to intercept phone calls — while others, such as YouTube, are capable of remotely accessing and operating users’ smartphone cameras to take photographs or videos at any time.

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