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19th Dec 2018

Facebook Let Some Major Companies Slide Into Your DMs


Word on the street is the social media platform gave Spotify and Netflix intrusive access to the private messages of users who have their accounts linked.

According to New York Times report, both companies had the power to read, write and deletes users’ private messages. Not only that, it seems they could also see all participants on a thread – access like this goes way past what Spotify and Netflix need to integrate their Facebook into their systems.

On top of this, the report also claims that “Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent.” Seriously lads, this isn’t sound.

In response, Facebook say they have found zero evidence of this abuse by it’s partners. Spotify claim they were “unaware of the broad powers Facebook had granted them.” The music streaming company still lets users share music through Facebook Messenger and has access to the messages of more than 70 million users a month.

Netflix US tweeted, “Netflix never asked for, or accessed, anyone’s private messages.”

I guess we’ll have to see where this one goes.