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Facebook admits sharing private user data to thousands of third-party developers by mistake

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Facebook has developed an ill reputation in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, alluding the platform to privacy invasion. To the average thinking, the aforementioned dirt might seem like an impetus towards something positive—but this does not seem to be the case as Facebook themselves had some admittance regarding the case anew.

In an official Facebook blog post, VP of Platform Partnerships Konstantinos Papamiltiadis cited how they had discovered a flaw within the platform’s information-sharing system. A case where as many as 5,000 developers were given feedback regarding users’ information rather illicitly.

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The issue arise from users supposedly leaking private information via apps they had previously granted access to, but had been unused for the last 90 days. A function that would had been prevented if Facebook were stringent enough on what is stated in it its internal policy.

Part of the revelation claims that the said issue is fresh on the awareness of Facebook themselves that subsequently prompted an immediate action to address it. 

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