The New York Times in their report said that internal Facebook documents had provided insights into the network’s “data-sharing agreements”, unveiling that the data market is bigger than what most of the consumer suspected.
Several big companies expanded with the help of Facebook
The report mentioned that Facebook permitted Microsoft through its Bing search engine to “virtually view names of all friends of a Facebook user without their permission”. Apart from Microsoft, major streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix were provided access to private messages of users. These streaming platforms were able to read, delete, compose, and check the participants present on a thread.
Amazon, Microsoft, and Sony were able to procure users’ email addresses through their friends. A statement earlier said that Yahoo was unable to view streams of friends
However, the New York Times in their report stated that Yahoo continued to do so.
Near around 150 organisations were a part of the agreements made between tech companies and platforms. The article explained that Facebook expanded by attracting more users, and fostering them to interact with these platforms. In this process, the companies acquired features which enhanced their products.
Facebook in the blog said that it let these platforms the permission to access users’ private messages to help users connect other users on these platforms. After the New York Times report, the stock of Facebook fell by more than 7 per cent on December 19. Understanding the weight of the situation, Facebook chose to resort to a blog to explain the issue.
In this year, Facebook has received sharp criticism from its users, judicial bodies, and various media houses for mishandling users’ data and mistreating their privacy. The company’s share has plummeted down by more than 25 per cent this year. It is nearly 40 per cent below since a peak in July.
Not the first time
On June 6, Facebook confirmed that it has a data-sharing agreement with Chinese companies, including Huawei which was previously flagged as a security threat by the US intelligence,