UPDATE: Facebook shared users' private messages

Facebook, the world's worst company, continues its awful treatment of user data. The latest report states that the company shared users' private messages with paying customers.

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UPDATE: We have added a statement from Netflix.

One truly has to wonder how Facebook can keep failing their users so often, and today's news adds to the chorus of hatred swirling around the social media giant. Reports have surfaced that the Palo Alto company shared users' private messages with companies like Netflix and Spotify. The company also made user friends lists available to Microsoft, without asking for permission.

The New York Times reports that Facebook gave preferred customers the right to read users' private messages. The Times discovered these dubious business practices in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents. The collaborative effort was mutually beneficial to the companies involved as Facebook could gain more users while providing their paying partners with user data to help them improve their services and marketing efforts. The obvious problem is that Facebook never asked users. In April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress stating that users "have complete control" over everything they share on Facebook. 

The documents obtained by The New York Times along with dozens of interviews with former Facebook employees seem to overwhelmingly state the opposite of Zuckerberg's assertion. Facebook claims that they are acting well within regulations at that none of their partners abused the user data. Many data privacy experts including former F.T.C. officials have gone on record stating that these data-sharing agreements are not kosher. “This is just giving third parties permission to harvest data without you being informed of it or giving consent to it,” said David Vladeck, former head of the F.T.C.’s consumer protection bureau. “I don’t understand how this unconsented-to data harvesting can at all be justified under the consent decree.”

Netflix reached out to Shacknews to comment on today's news:

"Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social. One example of this was a feature we launched in 2014 that enabled members to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via Messenger or Netflix. It was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015. At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so."

While Netflix says that they did not misuse user data, they do not deny that Facebook gave them the ability to do so. The company states very clearly that they did not access private messages on Facebook and did not ask for such access. We have updated our headline accordingly to focus the attention on Facebook's misuse of user data.

Facebook needs to be deleted before more damage is done to the Internet.
Facebook needs to be deleted before more damage is done to the Internet.

This garbage company needs to fade away into the dark recesses of the Internet. Their "move fast and break things" philosophy definitely helped them achieve tremendous user growth, but the expense to the world is starting to pile up. With countless reports of user data breaches and misuse, the company faces a potential backlash once users actually figure out what the social media giant is doing with all of their information. The company has a long way to go to regain the trust of savvy users, but many people still don't know or care about what is happening to their information. It is just a matter of time for all of Facebook's mistakes to catch up to them, ending in a glorious collapse as we saw with the likes of AOL, MySpace, and Friendster.

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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    December 19, 2018 9:30 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Facebook shared users' private messages with Netflix and Spotify

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      December 19, 2018 9:31 AM

      damn

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      December 19, 2018 9:42 AM

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        December 19, 2018 9:53 AM

        But how will you watch Netflix exclusives?!?

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      December 19, 2018 9:58 AM

      this is some pretty fact-free reporting

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        December 19, 2018 10:03 AM

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          December 19, 2018 10:09 AM

          sounds more like click-bait without any actual facts

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            December 19, 2018 10:13 AM

            Sounds more like it's completely in line with all the other practices they have been caught doing. Skepticism is good, but man it's facebook in 2018. The more shocking headline would be that facebook didn't share data at this point.

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            December 19, 2018 10:15 AM

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            December 19, 2018 10:17 AM

            Your posts? I agree

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            December 19, 2018 10:20 AM

            Then go read the New York Times article Asif linked if you want more details.

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            December 19, 2018 10:28 AM

            It sounds like you don't understand what the definition of clickbait is.

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          December 19, 2018 10:18 AM

          Just let him be. Clearly it is Mark Zuckerberg’s Chatty burner account.

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        December 19, 2018 10:15 AM

        LOL, fifty interviews with FB employees and internal documents that confirm this news. But yeah, attack Shacknews while defending Facebook. Sheep.

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          December 19, 2018 10:35 AM

          dood, you basically just said FB shared your info, but gave zero insight as to how/why. and you only link to 1 article that doesn't even mention the API written that allowed this was quick hack (read: not put through any real QA/testing) to allow Messenger-Like actions before Messenger existed. i'm not defending FB at all, they need to clean their shit up (which, it looks like they've been legit trying to since these APIs you don't mention have been disabled over the last few years). i'm just sayin, stop copying and pasting threads without any research.

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          December 20, 2018 1:12 AM

          It says 50 interviews with former employees of fb and partner companies. That’s a little shady. How many were fb employees?

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        December 19, 2018 10:32 AM

        Seems like more of an editorial than a report. Maybe calling it out as that would help.`

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          December 19, 2018 10:35 AM

          Wait, so Facebook isn’t a garbage company? My B.

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            December 19, 2018 10:52 AM

            I just mean the article has some opinion in it.

            Based on the noun (yeah i had to look it up) an editorial is a newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue.

            I've never used Facebook for all the reasons stated in the report. The way Facebook uses data is unacceptable to me.

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          December 19, 2018 10:36 AM

          ^^^this

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          December 19, 2018 10:56 AM

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            December 19, 2018 11:03 AM

            No one I guess, nm. I was thinking having it classified properly would help flame bate responses about the report being fact free and click bait. I enjoyed the piece for what it was.

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            December 19, 2018 11:05 AM

            In the age of misinformation, everyone.

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        December 19, 2018 11:01 AM

        While your post could be more nuanced I basically agree with you. The article feels like clickbait that did very little investigation beyond the OP here on the Shack that even included a reply with better information.

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        December 19, 2018 12:07 PM

        What a great post, Korban. What the fuck are you doing?

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      December 19, 2018 10:23 AM

      Throw Facebook in jail

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      December 19, 2018 10:29 AM

      Come January, I'm deleting my Facebook and Instagram accounts. Going to throw Twitter on there too, since they appear to be run by fascists.

      If there are any social platforms that aren't garbage, I'd love to hear about them.

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      December 19, 2018 11:01 AM

      I really hate Mark Zuckerberg these days. Social Network seems more and more like how he actually is.

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        December 19, 2018 11:38 AM

        I've read that people close to him has said the movie was too kind.

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      December 19, 2018 11:12 AM

      No wonder these scum were pushing messenger so hard. I’ve deleted messenger and Facebook app. Only use website but sure that’s still sending a ton of info.

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      December 19, 2018 11:45 AM

      UPDATE

      Netflix reached out to Shacknews to comment on today's news:

      "Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social. One example of this was a feature we launched in 2014 that enabled members to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via Messenger or Netflix. It was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015. At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so."

      We have updated the headline to focus on Facebook's misuse of user data.

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        December 19, 2018 11:59 AM

        and the "move fast and break things" line was retired like4 years ago IIRC

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          December 19, 2018 12:30 PM

          move fast break things whoops I sold your data! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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            December 19, 2018 2:00 PM

            Not whoops, more like $$$$$$$$$$

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            December 19, 2018 7:49 PM

            "We tripped and your data fell in!"

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        December 19, 2018 7:52 PM

        I don't believe Deceitflix for a second. I am without a DOUBT that paid Netflix employees entered into my inbox, with the EXPLICIT duty to look at my dick pics.

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      December 19, 2018 7:03 PM

      Fragged my instagram and facebook passwords today. Just a password reset away, but I'll have to think about it. This shit's getting tiresome.

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      December 19, 2018 8:12 PM

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        December 19, 2018 8:22 PM

        wow

        s/o dafugg

        your lols on my posts about facebook become a bit clearer now

        watch that koolaid mane

        stock grants kick ass but so does perspective

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      December 19, 2018 9:45 PM

      Lots of excuses about this. I really don't care and I hope whoever is planning to sue them into MySpace doesn't care either.

      When your ethics and morale relies on how other companies treat your customers most private data then you are doing it wrong and should be punished.

      Facebook does not care, the only reason they would ever change anything would be for money. And it is unbelievable how they and other companies are being allowed to carpet bomb us with advertising.

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      February 24, 2019 10:39 PM

      also posted similar content https://techforyouths.com/deactivate-your-fb-account-easily/

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