Zuckerberg dismisses accusations FB sold users' data

Business | Technology 12/5/2018, 8:02 PM
Zuckerberg dismisses accusations FB sold users' data

Facebook Inc. chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg stated on Wednesday that the social platform never sold its users' private data to third parties, denying earlier reports that Facebook executives, including himself, allowed third-party developers to access user data for financial gain. He stressed that the social network provided a platform for developers to buy advertising space, but that the idea of charging for platform usage alone was rejected.

"...We decided on a model where we continued to provide the developer platform for free and developers could choose to buy ads if they wanted," Zuckerberg wrote in a post on Facebook. "Other ideas we considered but decided against included charging developers for usage of our platform, similar to how developers pay to use Amazon AWS or Google Cloud... To be clear, that's different from selling people's data. We've never sold anyone's data," he pointed out.

Last week, Facebook vice president of policy solutions Richard Allan testified before a panel of international lawmakers in London, answering questions on data privacy issues. Zuckerberg was originally asked to testify, but he rejected the request.

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