On July 2nd, according to CNBC, Facebook, the social networking giant, has admitted to giving 61 technology companies special access to their user data. The company previously publicly stated that it restricted access in 2015.
Photo: Facebook CEO Mark · Mark Zuckerberg testifies in the House Energy and Commerce Committee
In a 747-page filing submitted to the US Congress late Friday, Facebook admitted that the company continued to share user information with 61 hardware and software makers after it announced restrictions on the above in May 2015. In April of this year, the U.S. MP sent several questions to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This document responds to these questions.
Facebook acknowledged in the document: "We work with these companies to build integrations for various devices, operating systems and other products." Among these products, we and our partners want to give people a way to receive Facebook information or experiences. These integrations were created by our partners for our users but are recognized by Facebook. ”
The company also said that through testing, it found that the application of another five companies "in theory can access limited friends data". Facebook stated in the document that it has terminated 38 cooperation and plans to stop another 7 cooperation by the end of July.
In April of this year, members of the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee asked Zuckerberg many questions. In June, the social networking site published Facebook’s written replies to some of the committee’s questions. Zuckerberg has already answered many of the questions at the hearing and promised to let his team provide MPs with more details. Reply ”.
In April of this year, Zuckerberg participated in testimony in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. At the time, the social networking site was dealing with abusive data scandals related to digital consulting firm ——Cambridge Analytica. The company was associated with Trump’s presidential campaign and was exposed to personal information from as many as 87 million Facebook users. It triggered a strong rebound and people questioned whether Facebook can be trusted to protect the personal information of its 2 billion users. .
The company was also in an awkward position because it failed to take sufficient measures to prevent Russia's “network troll” from posting false information and splitting content on the platform. These activities in Russia include intervening in the US presidential elections and creating discord among voters. The lawmakers expressed particular concern about Facebook giving Huawei special access to user data.
In June this year, the "New York Times" reported that Facebook agreed to provide a large amount of user data to at least 60 different device manufacturers, including companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Blackberry.
In one test, the New York Times reporter logged on to Facebook using a BlackBerry device in 2013 and used an account with approximately 550 friends to monitor user requests and received data. With the BlackBerry app named Hub, this device is able to receive “ identifiable information from up to 250,000 Facebook users."
Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment from reporters, but had previously said that they would take action to ensure that the use of Cambridge to analyze company data does not happen again. Zuckerberg said Facebook will investigate all applications that have access to large amounts of user data and further limit developer access to data.