Facebook allowed partners access to user data while impeding rivals: US court documents

App developer Six4Three is suing Facebook and accusing the social media giant of restricting its use of the platform by denying access to data available to other developers

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Nov 7, 2019 9:33 AM Updated: Nov 7, 2019 9:43 AM
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Internal Facebook communications have shed light on the social network's position on privacy and data and allege that the company rewarded partners with access to consumers' information while impeding rivals by restricting their ability to operate on its platform, according to news reports.

The documents released have come from a California court case, in which app developer Six4Three is suing Facebook for supposedly restricting its ability to use the platform by denying access to data available to other developers.

Six4Three also alleges that Facebook misled developers to build services on the platform, and then changed its policies and hurt their businesses.

Lawyers for Six4Three are trying to tie this case to wider concerns about Facebook user collecting data and directly link the company's policies to data breaches such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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