Facebook authorized Netflix and Spotify to read users' private messages — 2022

Facebook goes from scandal to scandal and will end the year full of glory as they say. This platform started the year on a very bad foot when the scandal of Cambridge Analytica that still drags and last week we talked about theexposure of numerous private photos of users through a bug in the application. Now he is involved in a new scandal related to our privacy, since Facebook would have given permission to Netflix and Spotify to read users' private messages to create user profiles.

The New York Times reported a few hours ago that this social network has granted special permissions to other companies to allow access to users' private data reaching the wishes of users to avoid synchronizations between their social network and other platforms.

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All this information is based on a series of internal documents published by The New York Times detailing all the alliances with various companies as important as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Spotify o Netflix . In these alliances, some companies had too many concessions on Facebook since they had access to users' private information, which is highly valued in order to know how to sell their products.

According to our colleagues from MovilZona , companies like Netflix or Spotify and even the Bank of Canada could read the private messages of Facebook users but not through Messenger but using an API that would have been developed to be able to have an alternative messaging platform which would be used by Spotify to send songs to your friends.

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Various companies have been able to see how they did not have access to users' private messaging, but Amazon or Yahoo would have had access to the names of each user's friends, the publications of the contacts or our entire wall of news and likes. Other companies such as Apple that also appears among this documentation denies that it has collected any information since he was unaware that he had this privileged access.

From Facebook they have already stated that they have not violated any privacy legislation nor have they skipped the current regulations by acting these applications as a mere extension of Facebook. We will have to see if in the end does this new scandal have some kind of legal consequence and that the courts and experts can discern if there has been a privacy problem or not.

What users are becoming increasingly clear about is that their Facebook account's days are numbered, since scandal after scandal, there are many of us who plan to eliminate our traces of this social network.