UK Releases Seized Facebook Docs: 3 Things to KnowPC Magazine #Smart_HomeDecember 5, 2018
Cambridge Analytica got its hands on the personal data of up to 87 million Facebook users, a move Facebook says is no longer possible because of a change it made in 2014, which prevented developers from accessing data from a person’s friends and friends and friends.
But according to the docs released today, Facebook “clearly entered into whitelisting agreements with certain companies, which meant that after the platform changes in 2014/15 they maintained full access to friends data,” said MP Damian Green.
Facebook responded by creating a new API, called “Hashed Anon All Friends API,” which would provide companies with friend information on users that logged in both before and after Badoo’s migration to the new permissions.
After a thorough review in 2018, it became clear that the information is not as useful after about a year,” the company said.
You are unlikely to need to call someone who you last called over a year ago compared to a contact you called just last week.”
“They used this data to assess not just how many people had downloaded apps, but how often they used them.
This knowledge helped them to decide which companies to acquire, and which to treat as a threat.”
It reportedly failed to acquire Twitter in 2008, so it moved on to Snapchat, which spurned its $3 billion offer in late 2013.
“Unless anyone raises objections, we will shut down their friends API access today,” he wrote.
The company today said it has “decided that we will remove this out-of-date policy so that our platform remains as open as possible.