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What is Facebook build 141046?

Posted on 3/14/2013 by A.A.I







I like many others today noticed a download in progress in my phones notification bar. I was immediately curious about the currently running download that I couldn't remember starting. Upon viewing the notification I became even more curious and a bit skeptical,  "Facebook (build 141046)"  This isn't the typical wording you'd see on a app update or download and lets not forget the previously mentioned but very important part about not starting this download! Automatic updates are turned off on all apps on my device and a quick check confirmed what I assumed, this wasn't an update from the Play Store.   So I did what most (I'd hope) would do and started doing a little searching.

I came a across a few threads on other Android sites and realized this was indeed something that others were seeing on several devices. Some users reported having noticed the download hanging in their notification area for hours and were seeking ways to clear the notification. A tip from some was to open download manger and 'Force  Stop'  the app.  This worked but the download would reappear later.  Turning on wifi seemingly allowed the download to complete and then you are given the option to install this new build.





As I said I'm a bit skeptic at this point, so I declined to install if it's an official update then fine I'll have a change to install later. Better safe than sorry.  But the real problem was the issue pictured above. Why would Facebook need to download files to or from my device without me knowing? After declining the install I a different notification about the downloaded update being ready to install started to appear.

I'm a little less inclined to think this is some form of malware and rather just a poorly instituted update from Facebook at this point. Facebook has a history of neglecting user privacy and settings when it rolls out updates. This download of which by the way seems to bypass user settings to only allow downloads while on wifi or to not allow auto updates to apps. But as I mentioned this isn't an update from the Play Store so it apparently doesn't have play nice with user settings. 

Basically this unprompted and self-downloading update, that didn't come from the Play Store, wants me to install it and give permission for future self installing updates that I won't know about.... I can't without any further info say that's it's malware but even if it's authentic I don't want it.

23 comments:

  1. Same case as mine. This is very suspicious. Anyway I uninstalled my f app to get rid of the notification appearing constantly and emailed google play support as well as fb android support. No response yet.

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  2. Bastards (FB) got caught with their hand in the cookie jar! Hah!

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  3. I have this same issue and don't know how to fix it.

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  4. Looking forward to updates about this issue. I will not let the download finish until I see a response from Facebook or Google... Certainly something weird going on. Probably something I agreed to in the TOS (the device refuses to read).

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  5. I have the same issue and it is really bothering me. Please keep us updated.

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  6. I opened wifi and it finally disappeared. It had been in notifiacation bar for 24 hours. I also had taken out battery and restarted twice tring to get rid of it. It did not try to have me install anything though. Just disappeared

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  7. I think most of the android users have the same issue today.

    Have to go to download manager and deleted. Still also didn't know what trigger this download.

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  8. I am having the same issue with my S3.

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  9. I am having the same issue with my galaxy tab

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  10. I opened wifi & it stopped too. I suggest doing the same to get rid of the download icon. I am on LG 3D

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  11. Am also having the same issue so disabled the download manager from setting-application manager-all. Now am not able to open my fb application. Its showing me an error. Pls help me out.

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  12. I wnnt so far as uninstalling and reinstalling the FB apl and there it is again! !

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  13. I deleted my fb app until this is fixed seems to weird for me

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  14. After mine installed, my HTC began restarting itself about every other time I tried to unlock the screen after my phone went idle. Between 530PM and 8PM last night, it restarted on its own at least ten times. The phone was working perfectly before then. Seems to me that it's not just a dumb/bad update, but flawed to the point that it causes problems with the OS.

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  15. This is bothering me lot it's almost more than 24hrs now :(

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  16. Same here. Samsung Galaxy 2

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  17. I deleted my Facebook app and it still shows!! I cant get rid of it.

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  18. same problem on my galaxy y from last 2 days. andriod team please fix problem.

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  19. Just go to "Downloads -> Other downloads" select the 'Facebook (build...) and delete it. Should solve the problem

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  20. i have had this thing downloading for over a week and cant stop it what do i do, i have a samsung tablet 8.9

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  21. I'm dealing with this issue too.
    I have the s2.
    I got rid of my Facebook apps, tried the download manager too.

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  22. from download→other download →delete facebook build doesnt work.
    and by disabling download manager ;u guys gget rid from this just for time. and u also cant open play store and some other apps.
    these r two half solutions i done and nothing works.
    ANYBODY OUTTHERE PLEASE HELP. SATNAAM56@GMAIL.COM

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