According to the New York Times report, a grand jury in New York has already subpoenaed information on these types of deals from at least two smartphone and other device manufacturers involved. At the time, the company strongly disputed that these data partnerships violated users' privacy or the company's 2012 settlement with the FTC. According to the report, which was published in December, "Facebook allowed Microsoft's Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without consent. and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users' private messages".
"We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously", a Facebook spokesman told the Times on Wednesday.More news: Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo
Facebook has been struggling to rehabilitate its public image amid revelations that it allowed Cambridge Analytica to improperly access the personal data of many of its users and the growing evidence of how its social network has been used to spread misinformation during the 2016 US Presidential elections.
As if today couldn't get any worse for Facebook, the company is now facing a criminal investigation as the result of its controversial data sharing practices.
Federal prosecutors are investigating partnership deals Facebook forged with some of the world's largest technological companies.More news: Embiid returning to action after eight-game absence
Facebook confirmed the investigations in a statement.
A NY grand jury has subpoenaed records from two smartphone makers involved in the partnerships, anonymous sources described as familiar with the requests told the Times.
Facebook responded by noting that other federal investigations are reportedly underway.More news: Canada joins ban on Boeing crash aircraft