Facebook, the world’s largest social media company, struck agreements that allowed phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information, according a report.
Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung and BlackBerry — many of which are still in effect, The New York Times reported Sunday, citing company officials.
As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, the deals allowed the company to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, “like” buttons and address books.
The Times said that Facebook allowed the device companies access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders, the newspaper said.
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