Facebook Reveals Its Data-Share VIPs

Facebook has revealed which businesses it gave special rights to access users' data after it had shut others out.

It listed the companies as part of a lengthy response to US politicians' questions about its practices, which it published at the end of last week.

It said 61 companies had been given a temporary exemption to a block on apps accessing details about users' friends.

And it identified a further 52 it had authorized to tap its data to "recreate Facebook-like experiences".

The social network had faced criticism last month from some US lawmakers after it emerged several Chinese companies – including Huawei – had been included in the latter list, despite the fact that Facebook had not sought explicit consent from its users to do so.

Mark Zuckerberg's company has been under pressure to disclose more details about its data-sharing habits in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which involved a UK-based political consultancy obtaining personal details about Facebook users in breach of the platform's rules.

Details of the latest revelations were first published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday

For a list of those with "special privileges" and those reviewed and approved, and who still have access to Facebook's data, and who were not previously identified, see: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44682364

E. Sue Bennett

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