Although lately it seems that this is losing popularity, superuser permissions are an access to subsystems of Android that By default they are closed to the user . “Cheating” and root the phone allows, among many other things, install a ROM.
In consecuense, there are applications that need superuser permissions to perform certain actions . For example, Xposed needs them to be able to operate its modules. Facebook, however, should be the last application that requested them.
Indeed, it seems that the application of Mark Zuckerberg’s social network asks for access root in its latest available version . It is not a file .APK they have installed Internet, but the official version present in the Google Play Store. As expected, this fact has caused quite a stiras.
Specifically, a user explains that by giving an “Instant Article” from the Facebook application , this same one launched a call to obtain superuser permissions. This call is coordinated by an application that manages who we give these privileges to, such as SuperSU. We can see it in the screenshots below:
Why does Facebook need root?
Facebook should never ask for superuser permissions, but right now, with all the boom from Cambridge Analytica, is the worst thing that could have happened to him. Obviously, We can not verify the accuracy of these catches nor know exactly what you are asking for permissions root the app One of the worst possible scenarios, for example, could be the storage of more data from our superuser privileges.
On the other hand, the Facebook app for Android has a bad reputation since its inception , basically, because it is very heavy and slow. There is no doubt that it has not been very well designed, so we must also contemplate the possibility that it is an internal error.
@Facebook asking for root permission? 🤦♂️Time to dive into that APK!
– Nikolaos Chrysaidos (@virqdroid)
What do you think? Do you believe these catches?