Facebook admits it gave tech companies access to users' personal messages

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Internal Facebook records describe data-sharing deals that benefited more than 150 companies a report has found

Lawmakers have been threatening for some time to impose new regulations to rein in Facebook, and the news report only seemed to further the case.

According to the report, the social network had allowed Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search engine to see names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without consent, and gave Spotify and Netflix the ability to read Facebook users' private messages.

Facebook settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in 2012 over charges that the company was deceiving consumers and forcing them to share more personal information than they had intended.

Netflix headquarters in Hollywood on May 05, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has proposed legislation that would jail chief executives if they lie about privacy, slammed the company's "chutzpah" on Wednesday and suggested recent revelations cast doubt on Facebook executives' public statements. Unlike a game, streaming music service, or other third-party app, which offer experiences that are independent of Facebook, these partners can only offer specific Facebook features and are unable to use information for independent purposes. Compelling features often require access to more information than people expect, and when that data-sharing is explained in layman's terms, things they were fine with suddenly become outrageous. He said that the partnerships were "one area of focus" and that Facebook was in the process of winding many of them down.

The report also sheds light on some worrying aspects of Facebook's reckless handling of user data even when there are security flags.

The New York Times report comes after Facebook has been reeling from a series of privacy scandals
STUFFThe New York Times report comes after Facebook has been reeling from a series of privacy scandals

In its own response to this new report, Facebook says it did this all to help people.

Facebook's special arrangements with some of the world's largest technology companies have been detailed in the social media giant's documents obtained by The New York Times. All such integration partners, Facebook asserted, were covered by the service provider exemption. In it, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, the company's director of developer platforms and programs, writes that users had to sign in with Facebook in order for the other companies to be granted the access.

"To be clear: none of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people's permission", the social media company said.

Read the full story at The New York Times. BlackBerry, Yahoo, and Russian internet company Yandex all were reportedly given some access as part of these partnerships; they certainly would not all be acting in the same interests as Facebook when given user data. Any shared data would remain on the devices and be available to anyone other than the users, according to Apple.

"Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social". This tool sent Facebook friends messages, via Messenger or Netflix, and was deactivated in 2015 after a year of operating due to a lack of popularity.

A Facebook spokesperson said the company had found "no evidence of abuse by its partners", but there's no evidence they were actually looking. A Yahoo spokesman declined to discuss the partnership in detail but said the company did not use the information for advertising.

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