Democratic congressman hammered Facebook and its CEO,Mark
Zuckerberg, following a report that the
company is sharing large amounts of its users’ data with
looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress about whether users
have ‘complete control’ over who sees our data on
needs to be investigated and the people responsible need
to be held accountable,” the top Democrat on the House
Judiciary antitrust subcommittee continued.
tweet came in response to a Sunday New
York Times storythat
detailed “far-reaching data partnerships” Facebook has
established with roughly 60 device manufacturers,
including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung
over the last decade.
partnerships allowed device makers to obtain Facebook user
data like relationship status, religion and political
leanings from users and also allowed for the sharing of
the data of users’ Facebook friends.
had started to end these partnerships in April,
according to the story.
report raises questions over whether Facebook
violated a 2011agreement with the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) that it would not override users privacy
settings without first getting their expressed consent.
FTC is already investigating Facebook over whether it
violated this consent decree following revelations of how
it handled user data in the wake of the Cambridge
has been under significant scrutiny after it was revealed
Cambridge Analytica accessed millions of users’ private
information without their consent.
testify on the matterin April and
grilled him over how the British research firm was able to
obtain data on as many as 87 million Facebook users.
on Monday pushed
the New York Times’s report, saying that the data shared
with the device makers was never abused.
partners signed agreements that prevented people’s
Facebook information from being used for any other purpose
than to recreate Facebook-like experiences,” wrote Ime
Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product
to claims by the New York Times, friends’ information,
like photos, was only accessible on devices when people
made a decision to share their information with those