Facebook has denied charges of spying on the private messages of its users, reports CNET.
The social network has termed these accusations as inaccurate and false.
Recently, some reports came in the media about websites, including Facebook, Flickr and YouTube, stating that these websites use smartphone apps to get into the text message data and other personal information of the users.
Sunday times reported that Facebook occasionally accesses user data including user location, contacts list, etc., and sometimes, this data is also supplied to third-party companies.
Facebook has termed the Sunday Times report as “completely wrong.”
“There is no reading of user text messages,” the company said. “On the Android App store, the Facebook app permissions include SMS read/write. Lots of communications apps use these permissions. Think of all those apps that act as replacements to the built-in sms software.”
According to Facebook, some testing of products that require SMS to communicate with the Facebook app has been performed, but no such feature has been made available to the public.
“So the Sunday Times is completely wrong when it says Facebook is reading people’s SMS. Wrong on the terminology, and wrong on the suggestion that it has been implemented,” the company said.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Path (an iOS and Android application) was reported to be accessing user contact information without permission. Twitter has confirmed that its servers kept user data for 18 months after users selected the “Find Friends” feature on its smartphone app.