Facebook Stock Slumps on Yet Another Privacy Flap

GettyFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg left and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings right

GettyFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg left and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings right

Facebook has defended its behaviour.

Facebook admitted that some of the deals were "mismanaged", with the PR pointing to work it has already launched to review and restrict data access. Streaming services Netflix (NFLX) and Spotify (SPOT) had the "ability to read Facebook users' private messages", it said.

The social network has been under intense pressure over its practices over the a year ago, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a series data breaches and concerns over fake news and other content on the site.

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. "This is just another form of selling". Indeed, as recently as this week, former security boss Alex Stamos described the Cambridge Analytica scandal as an overreaction.

Unfortunately, this statement wasn't the first response from Netflix to be seen online. "[But] some were still in effect this year".

If I was a Facebook employee, or shareholder, I'd be telling Mark Zuckerberg: "It's time to be completely open about who has or had access to data".

This is the latest in a string of privacy-related controversies involving Facebook in 2018. If we can not personally delete Facebook, we should do so collectively, and purge this digital scourge from the Earth.

Facebook actually provided a long list of such partners to Congress in July.

But given how many people can not afford to delete their Facebook, we must stand up and collectively push back against this monopoly that deploys NSA-like spying powers in the name of crony capitalism.

Damian Collins, the chair of the UK's DCMS committee, said the news "shows that Facebook offers preferential access to user data to some of its major corporate partners".

Facebook is so vast that they don't need your consent to sell your personal information.

Numerous partnerships ended years ago, but the details reported by the Times are striking.

He did, however, concede that partners shouldn't have had access to "instant personalisation" APIs after features were officially shut down.

What have the other firms said?

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

The BBC understands it ended its Bing contract with Facebook in February 2016, and the social network's data stopped appearing in its search results at that point. And in the case of Spotify, the feature allowed users to send songs via private messages, and thus required access to Messenger. We have this thing called the federal government and they have a lot of power to not only subpoena Facebook's feckless, spineless leadership and force them to answer for their sins in front of the entire country, but to also forcibly rein in their corruption. Microsoft and Amazon were also reportedly given access to data on users' friends. "Microsoft has since deleted the data, the officials said".

Facebook denies this. Responding to the report, Steve Satterfield, Facebook's director of Privacy and Public Policy, argued that the FTC agreement "did not require the social network to secure users' consent before sharing data because Facebook considered the partners extensions of itself - service providers that allowed users to interact with their Facebook friends". In return, Facebook got to spread its net wider, bring in new users and exploit this to boost ad revenues.

Rising pressure: Another day, another Facebook scandal.

The Facebook application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.

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