Facebook Wants To Get All Up In Your Bank Account – Oh [REDACTED], No!
A few months ago, things got wicked complicated when I found out that some airline websites are increasing the fares they charge based on credit scores. I thought it couldn't get any worse than that, yet here comes Facebook, entering on stage left.
The billion-dollar company has reportedly been in talks with US Bank, Wells Fargo, Chase and Citigroup, begging them to allow Facebook the access to YOUR bank account and see all of your debit or credit card transactions through the Messenger app. What more do they want, our DNA chromosomes?! (I better not say that too loud, they might actually want to see that, too!) See, this is why I didn't want to download the Messenger app in the first place, because they want access to your text messages and everything on your phone. And they've made it so that you almost HAVE to download the app to see your messages if from your cell phone. UGH!
Furthermore, it is frightening to me beyond words that a bank, holding the keys to our precious money and info, would even CONSIDER saying yes to this.
Just in case I haven't made this clear, this is a PREPOSTEROUS idea, Facebook. Please stop this move at once!
We online consumers already have to worry about hackers stealing our bank account info to buy $542 phones at a Metro PCS in Florida (this actually happened to me). My bank has had to immediately cancel my debit card multiple times due to an online "data breach" of some sort. Who hasn't experienced being out and about shopping somewhere only to find out that a "temporary hold" has been put on your check card because of yet another said "data breach"! On more than one occasion, I have been forced to leave a ton of groceries behind and call my bank to release the hold. Embarrassing, indeed!
Just recently, we found out that hackers were using some of our Facebook data in attempt to sway U.S. election votes. Now Facebook wants us to worry about hackers gaining DIRECT access to our hard-earned money that we keep in the bank and seeing all of our financial business? Oh [redacted], no!
I refuse to give permission for my bank to grant Facebook access to see all of my bank transactions. They don't need to know diddly squat about how much money I have (or don't' have) in my accounts. It is none of their business what I spend to pay my bills online, order takeout, purchase back-to-school-supplies for my child and pay overdue fines for this, that and the other.
I cannot believe I am saying this, but it looks like the only solution for me is to just delete Facebook Messenger app altogether, or find a new bank who adheres to consumer privacy! It's either that or I'll just return to the old school way of storing up all my money in old socks and under the mattress. I am sick of this invasion of privacy mess! In case you didn't know, Facebook already has permission from PayPal and American Express to access your accounts!