Facebook says there's an innocent explanation for why it allowed Spotify and Netflix to access your private messages (FB, AMZN, AAPL)

Ime Archibong

  • Facebook
    says that there’s an innocent explanation for why it allowed
    Spotify and Netflix to access users’ private messages — a

    behavior that it acknowledged
    in the wake of a bombshell New
    York Times report. 
  • Facebook says that the access was to allow users of those apps
    to share messages with each other via Facebook Messenger, like
    music recommendations on Spotify and movies on Netflix. 
  • Importantly, writes Facebook VP Ime Archibong, the social
    network was not actively providing users’ private messages to
    users.

Facebook
says that there’s an innocent explanation for why it allowed
Spotify and
Netflix to
access users’ private messages — a behavior that it acknowledged
in the wake of a bombshell New York Times report. 

In short, writes Facebook VP of Product Partnerships Ime
Archibong in a
blog post published on Wednesday evening
, the social network
needed to give those partners special access in order to enable
messaging features.

 “We’ve been accused of disclosing people’s private
messages to partners without their knowledge. That’s not true,”
Archibong says.

The experimental features, which are no longer available,
allowed users of Spotify and Netflix to message their Facebook
friends directly from those apps.

Spotify therefore needed permission to “write” private messages
so users could share songs via Facebook Messenger; Netflix needed
the same access so viewers of the streaming video service could
share links to movies with each other. The same general idea goes
for integrations with Dropbox and the Royal Bank of Canada app,
which feature Facebook messaging features.

“That was the point of this feature — for the messaging
partners mentioned above, we worked with them to build messaging
integrations into their apps so people could send messages to their
Facebook friends,” writes Archibong.

Read more: Facebook
had a secret data deal with Amazon which flouted its own privacy
rules

Importantly, Archibong says, these features did not mean that
Facebook was actively supplying outside companies with your private
messages; that users always need to grant permission for the
companies to use these features; and that all of these social
sharing features “were experimental and have now been shut down for
nearly three years.”

Notably, Archibong’s blog post does not mention Amazon, and only
contains a passing, irrelevant reference to Apple — two companies
that were
identified by the New York Times report as also having potentially
inappropriate access to Facebook user data

You
can read Archibong’s blog post here.

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Facebook says there's an innocent explanation for why it allowed Spotify and Netflix to access your private messages (FB, AMZN, AAPL)