On Monday, June 4, after a scathing article from The New York Times was released, Facebook tweeted out from its verified account.
The NYT story claims that Facebook, an Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust Portfolio holding, allowed phone and device makers to access personal information about the user, which included information about the user's friends.
Senator Cortez Masto, a democratic senator from Nevada, responded to the NYT's tweet.
.@Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, told Congress that users own their own data. So, why did Facebook allow device makers to access users' friends' information without their consent? This raises even more questions about whether Facebook complied w/ the 2011 FTC consent agreement. https://t.co/VfG00AZLjg— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) June 4, 2018
Facebook then retweeted Senator Masto's tweet, and went through a series of tweets, explaining itself.
Thanks @SenCortezMasto The NYT is wrong on this point. Companies like Blackberry and MSFT couldn't integrate people's FB information with their devices without that person's permission. https://t.co/9944NvNtRn— Facebook (@facebook) June 4, 2018
And friends' information was only accessible on devices when people chose to share their information with those friends.— Facebook (@facebook) June 4, 2018
These integrations worked in much the same way you might use Apple's email app. You can import Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, etc. onto your iPhone see attached screenshot. This means if you send an email to someone's Gmail, there's a good chance they'll read it on Apple's app. pic.twitter.com/PjWCdLiGgL— Facebook (@facebook) June 4, 2018