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Facebook in another Data Sharing Scandal involving Device Makers



Facebook in another Data Sharing Scandal, this time with Phone Makers like Samsung & Apple | BellaNaija

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. (Photo by Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images)

The New York Times has discovered that Facebook for over a number of years has been sharing user data with phone and other device makers including Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Blackberry, and Microsoft.

The report reveals that Facebook has been sharing the data of users, their friends, and the friends of their friends, with at least 60 device makers.

This is coming a few months after it was revealed that the social networking giant had shared data of up to 87 million users with Cambridge Analytica, which may have influenced the US 2015 elections.

In this new scandal, it was revealed that the device makers had access to the data of users and their friends who believed they had secured their information.

A Times reporter had been able to get, through BlackBerry’s Hub app, detailed information of 556 friends, including sensitive information about religion and political leanings.

Information of 294,258 friends of friends was also identified using the Hub app.

BlackBerry responded to the Times reports, saying it does “not collect or mine the Facebook data of [its] customers.”

Apple, on the other hand, said it stopped giving its iPhones that access since September 2017.

Microsoft said Facebook data gotten by its users remained on their devices and was not uploaded to their servers, while Samsung and Amazon failed to respond to the Times’ question.

Photo Credit: Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images


  1. Didi

    June 4, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I think it’s just time to leave Facebook entirely. Disable my account and let go.

  2. tony

    June 4, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    this is why i never never used facebook messenger app on my phone… nonsense!!

    • jokobaba

      June 4, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Apparently, you don’t have to use the app for FB to download data. I will give up my smart phone at some point.

  3. CurvesAndEdges

    June 4, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Oyinbo people sha.. how is political/ religious leanings sensitive information when the ‘leaner’ has already shared it on Facebook?

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