Facebook and Microsoft respond to NYT report on data sharing

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After today’s publication of an article in the New York Times detailing an investigation that uncovered more than 270 pages of Facebook’s internal documents and involved interviews with more than 60 people, Facebook and Microsoft are sharing their points-of-view about how they were portrayed.

The New York Times report, which appeared in Dealbook in the business section, alleged that:

  • The breadth of the data-sharing was vast (and involved Facebook partners like Microsoft, Spotify and Netflix).
  • Users often didn’t know.
  • Even Facebook had trouble keeping track.

Facebook defended itself in a blog post authored by Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, its Director of Developer Platforms and Programs, writing “To put it simply, this work was about helping people do two things. First, people could access their Facebook accounts or specific Facebook features on devices and platforms built by other companies like Apple, Amazon, Blackberry and Yahoo. These are known as integration partners.

Konstantinos Papamiltiadis

Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s Director of Developer Platforms and Programs, penned the explanation (Photo via his Facebook profile)

“Second,” the post continued, “people could have more social experiences – like seeing recommendations from their Facebook friends – on other popular apps and websites, like Netflix, The New York Times, Pandora and Spotify.

“To be clear: none of these partnerships or features gave companies access to

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