Collusion: Facebook Allowed Russian Internet Company Extended Access to User Data

Breitbart | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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Facebook reportedly gave Russian Internet company Mail.ru a two-week extension to disable features on its messaging apps which gave the foreign firm access to Facebook users’ friend lists.

Facebook defended itself against greater scrutiny in relation to their handling of user data via a blog post which claimed that in 2014, the company changed an API element in order to prevent apps from collecting data on users friends. However, the company recently admitted that while the change was announced in 2014, some apps that already had access to users friends lists continued to have that access until May 2015.

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Facebook acknowledged that many apps had access to these features for as long as six months after the initial API change, which was reportedly to allow for these companies to bring their apps “into compliance” with the new rules. Hundreds of apps continued to have access to users’ friends list data including dating app Hinge and music-streaming app Spotify.

One of the apps that surprisingly continued to have access to Facebook user data was from the Russian Internet firm Mail.ru.

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Mail.ru was given a two-week extension to disable a feature on messaging apps that allowed users to see their Facebook friends list and message Facebook friends also using the Mail.ru app. During this time, Facebook claims that the app only had access to users’ friend lists and not the personal information of those friends, but for some time after that extension was in place, Mail.ru continued to run hundreds of apps on the platform operating under Facebook’s old rules. This allowed Mail.ru apps to continue to access...
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