Despite restricting information access to just the group's name, the number of users, and post content - unless users opted-in to share their name and profile picture - in April previous year, Facebook says that some apps retained access to this additional data until recently. Facebook now says the case is baseless, and a spokesperson told Reuters that the documents were "taken out of context by someone with an agenda against Facebook", and shared with the public "with total disregard for USA law".
Facebook has quietly revealed another privacy breach involving approximately 100 developers.
Facebook platform partnerships head Konstantinos Papamiltiadis says a recent security review found that some apps still had access despite changes being made previous year. It restricted those that use the Groups API to be vetted by the company and removed their capabilities to access the member list of a group as well as the names and profile photos attached to posts or comments.
Following revelations concerning Cambridge Analytica in April 2018, Facebook clamped down on its software, restricting what information apps could collect from Facebook users. But as part of the changes to the Groups API after April 2018, if an admin authorized this access, that app would only get information, such as the group's name, the number of users, and the content of posts.More news: Billie Eilish Debuts An Edgy New Mullet Haircut - See Before & After Pics
The social media giant is now reaching out to developers.
Facebook is saying that it has asked the developers to delete any information they may have retained, and that it will be performing audits on the developers to ensure that they follow through on Facebook's request.
The company did not name any of the apps, but it said they were mostly social media management or video streaming apps "designed to make it easier for group admins to manage their groups more effectively and help members share videos to their groups".More news: Judge Rules Trump Must Pay $2 Million for Misusing Charity Foundation
"We aim to maintain a high standard of security on our platform and to treat our developers fairly". The newly published documents contain exchanges between Facebook executives discussing cutting off access to user data for developers who could be potential competitors to Facebook.
Facepalm: It felt like Facebook was overdue another privacy issue, so here we are.
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