The Facebook Android app is asking for superuser permissions, this will allow the app to even take control of everything on your phone. The prompt was seen on the official Facebook Android app ‘com.facebook.katana’ with the app version v18.104.22.168.93.
Panicked users took to social media, Reddit, and Android-themed forums to share screengrabs of these suspicious popups and ask for advise or what’s going on:
Facebook app in my phone keep asking me Superuser (root) access permission. What's going on? What is it trying to do? #facebook #superuser #android #magisk pic.twitter.com/gJKIbHmg08
— Emanuel Caesar (@emanuelcaesar) May 17, 2018
Why does the @facebook app need Superuser permissions? What is going on with this company? #facebook #SuperSu #root pic.twitter.com/pXpWdHYv4Q
— Aman Sikka (@aman_sikka) May 18, 2018
Facebook confirmed about this issue stating that it was caused by a coding error in one of their anti-fraud systems caused a small number of people running the Facebook app and certain permission management apps on rooted Android phones to see a request for additional access permissions.