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By Bruce Sussman
Wed | Dec 19, 2018 | 9:25 AM PST

The New York Times came out with a Facebook bombshell.

The media outlet says it has documents that show Facebook was talking about how it was committed to protecting your privacy while it was giving tech giants access to your profiles and posts, and in some cases letting them read your private messages.

From the New York Times report:

"Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages. 

The social network permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends, and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer, despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier."

The Times' report says the documents reveal that 150 companies benefited from the special access to Facebook users' data.

Twitter 'goes off' about Facebook private message access report

Here are some angry and some funny reactions on Twitter. Facebook was trending, of course.








Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, and Microsoft have all issued statements downplaying or denying special access to Facebook data.

Amazon's was perhaps the most interesting: "We only use information in accordance with our privacy policy," the company's statement said.

Somehow, that is supposed to be reassuring.

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