Facebook partnership shared data with hundreds of companies

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The two companies were given the ability to read Facebook users' private messages. They allowed Microsoft's search engine Bing to see the names of Facebook users' friends without permission, and they let Amazon find users' names and contact information through their friends on the platform, according to the report. Apple and Spotify also claimed they weren't aware of the special access granted.

"The deals, the oldest of which date to 2010, were all active in 2017", The Times reported.

"Facebook empowered Apple to hide from Facebook users all indicators that its devices were asking for data".

Netflix said that while it tried to use Facebook to boost its usability among customers, it never read users' private messages on the social media site.

"To be clear: none of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people's permission, nor did they violate our 2012 settlement with the FTC [Federal Trade Commission]", Papamiltiadis wrote.

The publication says it interviewed over 60 people, including "former employees of Facebook and its partners, former government officials and privacy advocates" and reviewed over 270 pages of internal Facebook documents. "You would have had to sign in with your Facebook account to use the integration offered by Apple, Amazon or another integration partner". In a new report, The New York Times has published some startling revelations over how the social networking giant gave access to its users' data to over a hundred different tech and media companies.

Facebook shares were down 1.3 percent in pre-market trading at 6:45 a.m.in New York Wednesday. But the company's been spewing hogwash about user privacy for so long that it's hard to even visit its social network without breathing in the faint smell of insecurity.

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That included Yahoo!, which reportedly still had the ability to view real-time feeds of friends' posts for a feature the company had ended in 2011.

'We shut down instant personalisation, which powered Bing's features, in 2014 and we wound down our partnerships with device and platform companies months ago, following an announcement in April, ' the company said.

A separate statement said that Facebook had found no evidence of abuse of data by any of its partners.

However, as recently as last week it was also reported that a bug may have exposed millions of Facebook users' private photos to third party apps.

"We recognize that we've needed tighter management over how partners and developers can access information using our APIs".

"Throughout our engagement with Facebook, we respected all user preferences", Microsoft said in a statement.

Facebook acknowledged in July it entered into data-sharing agreements with dozens of tech companies, admitting it continued sharing information with 61 hardware and software makers even after it said it had discontinued the practice in May 2015.

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