Company gathered data from texts and photos of users and their friends, court case claims
Source: Facebook accused of conducting mass surveillance through its apps | Technology | The Guardian
There is much more on these allegations here saying that Facebook executives, up to Zuckerberg, intentionally set up schemes to grab as much user data – including from their unsuspecting friends – as possible. This included reading the texts sent by friends, and accessing photos on your phone that were never uploaded to Facebook. Which is a massive invasion of privacy.
The lawsuit says Facebook intentionally leaked large quantities of personal data as an enticement to application developers, but once those apps became successful, FB then assessed large fees or required the purchase of FB ads. If the app developer did not or could not comply, FB destroyed the app developers’ businesses.
More importantly, the allegations in the lawsuit indicate that Facebook was well aware of the abuse of user data as far back as 2011, but encouraged it to continue.
If true, Facebook needs to be under investigation by law enforcement authorities.
The sole business of Facebook is global surveillance for the purpose of selling access to a global propaganda platform.