Just in case you thought they did, I’ve got another story to show you how little Facebook cares about your privacy. In a new Facebook privacy scandal update, we have uncovered a new level of users data being sold. Because not only was Facebook selling YOUR personal data to companies, it was also sending YOUR FRIENDS personal data as well.
If you’re having a case of deja vu, don’t worry, we’ve been here before. In 2015 Facebook told us that it put a stop to third-party companies collecting information on Facebook users. But apparently, that is still the case.
A Facebook spokesperson had this non-explanation to issue:
For the most part this is a rehash of last week-end’s New York Times story — namely that we built a set of device integrated APIs used by around 60 companies to create Facebook-like experiences. In April 2018, we announced that we were winding these down. In terms of our Platform APIs, the Journal has confused two points. In 2014, all developers were given a year to switch to the new, more restricted version of the API. A few developers including Nissan and RBC asked for a short extension — and those extensions ended several years ago. Any new ‘deals’, as the Journal describes them, involved people’s ability to share their broader friends’ lists — not their friends’ private information like photos or interests — with apps under the more restricted version of the API. Per our testimony to Congress ‘We required developers to get approval from Facebook before they could request any data beyond a user’s public profile, friend list, and email address.’
So, um, thanks? I think? I wonder how the rest of this privacy scandal is going to play out.
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