Facebook fights back over new data misuse allegations

The social media giant is again defending how it has shared user data, this time with device makers including Apple and BlackBerry. Critics say it violated laws and undermined user trust.

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An explosive report from The New York Times is getting heavy pushback from Facebook’s PR team.

After months of scandal in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica exploited the Facebook platform to access millions of users’ records without their consent, the social media company spotlighted its privacy protocols and promised to shutter many of its current data collection habits.

As part of its defense, the company asserted it no longer allows third-parties access to user data without users’ consent, starting in 2015. However, it appears that device makers were exempted from these more stringent policies, leaving the public to speculate about Facebook’s honesty and how safe its data gathering truly is.

The New York Times reported:

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