Facebook Secretly Shared User Data After Saying It Stopped
Facebook secretly gave user data to companies including Netflix, Lyft, and AirBnb after claiming it had limited such data sharing, newly released documents show. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also discussed how to profit off sharing users’ data.
On Wednesday, Britain’s Parliament released 250 pages of documents that included internal Facebook discussions on data-sharing. The documents show Facebook gave apps broad access to data about users’ friends after 2014, when it publicly ended the practice. “If people don’t feel comfortable using Facebook and specifically logging in Facebook and using Facebook in apps, we don’t have a platform, we don’t have developers,” a Facebook spokesperson said of the policy change at the time.
Facebook’s initial data-sharing rule change in 2014 hurt some app developers like Six4Three, a California-based app company that mined user data from Facebook. Six4Three sued Facebook in U.S. court where the documents are under seal, but were obtained by British Parliament, which published them Wednesday morning.
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