responded Monday morning to a New York Times report arguing that the company gave smartphone makers access to user data through private application programming interfaces, or APIs, without first getting user permission. Facebook said in a blog post that it “controlled [APIs] tightly from the get-go” and that the device makers it partnered with “signed agreements that prevented people’s Facebook information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences.” Facebook also said that its team had to approve these new “experiences” and that device partners like Apple Inc.
and Amazon.com Inc.
couldn’t “integrate the user’s Facebook features with their devices without the user’s permission.” The New York Times report comes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Facebook said that the private APIs in question were “very different from the public APIs used by third-party developers, like Aleksandr Kogan” of Cambridge Analytica. Shares of Facebook are down 1.5% in premarket trading but up 26% over the past 12 months, while the S&P 500
has gained 12%.