Why Facebook Messenger is NOT evil

The most annoying thing in our very digitally based world is when people complain about social media ON social media. I mean COME ON! What a double standard, right?

The things I am seeing most often right now are all about Facebook Messenger.

Let me explain, from a developer stand point, why y’all need to back up.

fb-messenger-360Facebook Messenger has added recording elements to their new Messenger and they have “forced” everyone to download the new application.

Here is something you probably won’t think about unless you are a developer or someone who needs specially made devices due to a disability.  Therefore Facebook provides built-in features and technologies that help people with disabilities get the most out of Facebook.

Speech-to-text via audio recording on devices is for more than just people who want to hear themselves, it’s for people who require that tool because they are visually impaired. This is about being accessible to all audiences, or at least as many as possible. Not have an accessible program, software, or device opens you up to accessibility laws. Yes, it can become a legal issue in the long run. Facebook has to think about a diverse population of users.

Web standards are constantly being updated. You’ve heard of Web 2.0 well there’s all kind of variations in standards for the web. This is moving into mobile apps and mobile devices because they are so prevalent around the world.

Did you know there are even site specific standards? For instance, I use Flickr, Flickr is a Yahoo image storage application. There are standards placed on Flickr for how often the site “flickers” when viewing photos and albums. “Pages shall be designed to avoid causing the screen to flicker with a frequency greater than 2 Hz and lower than 55 Hz.” I’m not making this up, it’s a real rule they need to be compliant with as they continue making their site functional, understandable and accessible.

If you are concerned about your privacy then learn about the settings available to you. If you don’t like them then don’t use the FREE application they are offering to you.  You can turn off syncing. You can restrict who is allowed to message you. You can hide yourself so that you don’t appear online. But most people don’t do these things, they leave all the defaults enabled. Like location tracking. If you don’t want people to know where you are, TURN OFF YOUR LOCATION TRACKING. Otherwise complete strangers can find out your life story and daily routine by scrolling through your Instagram…but that is a whole separate issue.

Just like you can turn on or turn off closed captioning on your TV shows. You can turn on and turn off features in Facebook Messenger. OR and this is a shocker, don’t use it. There are many message platforms out there you can use outside of Facebook. You can just use the Messenger from your computer, too. Or open Facebook in your mobile browser instead of as an application. If you want to use the FREE Facebook Messenger application than read the Terms of Service, understand why they are doing what they are doing and STOP COMPLAINING.

And now I’ll be quiet.



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