June 6, 2018
Facebook shared user data with four Chinese phone manufacturers, including Huawei, which US intelligence experts have branded a ‘national security threat’.
The social network acknowledged the handset makers — Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL — were among the 60 companies it had shared data with as early as 2007.
Huawei was singled-out by the FBI director earlier this year, who said he was ‘deeply concerned’ its handsets have the ‘capacity to conduct undetected espionage’ on behalf of the Chinese government.
Facebook allowed Huawei and other manufacturers access to user data to enable social media features, like Facebook Messenger, on their devices.
These Facebook ‘experiences’ were used as a stop-gap until the social network could build a designated mobile app for the manufacturers’ operating system.
Facebook will now wind down its dealings with Huawei, the Californian company confirmed in a statement to The New York Times.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 6:32 am