The social network allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.
The social network permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends, and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier.
Facebook responded with:
In an interview, Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s director of privacy and public policy, said none of the partnerships violated users’ privacy or the FTC agreement. Contracts required the companies to abide by Facebook policies, he added.
“We know we’ve got work to do to regain people’s trust,” Satterfield said. “Protecting people’s information requires stronger teams, better technology and clearer policies, and that’s where we’ve been focused for most of 2018.”
What an amazing line of bull shit. Facebook has never, ever cared about user’s privacy and now responds with a set of useless platitudes about “stronger teams”, “better technology” and “clearer policies”. That is meaningless gibberish.
Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook. “No one should trust Facebook until they change their business model.”