Tencent Technology News, according to foreign media reports, social network Facebook admitted that it does allow other large technology companies to read the private information of their users, but denied doing so without the user's consent.
On Tuesday, a report in the New York Times reported that Facebook allowed streaming services companies Netflix, music streaming services company Spotify and Royal Bank Of Canada to read, modify and delete them. User's private information.
The New York Times report also said that Facebook allowed Microsoft's Bing search engine to view the friend information of almost all Facebook users without the user's consent. So Facebook posted a blog post on Wednesday to respond.
Facebook says Facebook will allow these partner companies to access their users' private information after they sign up for Facebook through an app company like Spotify.
A spokesperson for Spotify and Netflix said they didn't know that Facebook gave them permission, and a spokesman for Royal Bank of Canada questioned the bank's authority.
A Netflix spokesperson said the streaming service company launched a feature in 2014 that allows users to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via the Messenger or Netflix app, but turned it off in 2015. The Netflix spokesperson said: "We have never visited people's private information on Facebook and have not asked for such permission. ”
The New York Times report cited hundreds of Facebook internal documents and included interviews with more than 50 former Facebook employees. According to the report, Facebook allows Amazon to get the user's name and contact information through friends of Facebook users, and Yahoo will be able to view posts posted by Facebook users' friends until this summer. This report shows that Facebook's share of personal data goes far beyond the scope previously disclosed by the social media giant.
The New York Times reported that Facebook's data sharing program has benefited more than 150 companies. Facebook also said that these transactions in turn helped Facebook attract more users.
Facebook said in the above blog post: “It is necessary to make it clear that such cooperation does not allow the partner company to obtain information without the user's consent, nor does it violate our 2012 meeting with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Settlement agreement. ”
Facebook said it closed its “Instant Personalization” service in 2014, which allows users to connect their Facebook accounts to other services, allowing them to view public information shared by their friends. But Facebook acknowledges that after the service is shut down, its related software components still exist, which may allow developers to continue to access the user's personal information. Facebook said, “When the service is closed, there is no evidence that the user’s data has been exploited or misused. ”
Facebook has been involved in a series of data scandals this year. Earlier this month, a Facebook internal document published by a British lawmaker showed that Facebook had given other companies special permission to access their users' personal data.
Facebook's share price has plummeted nearly 20% this year as investors questioned the leadership of Facebook leaders and Facebook may face more regulatory oversight.