Facebook explains why Netflix and Spotify needed users’ private messages

In a second blog post shared this week, Facebook VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, said that the company needed to give partners like Netflix and Spotify access to users’ private messages in order to enable new messaging features.

The post comes a day after the New York Times revealed that the social media website shared users’ private data with companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Spotify, and Netflix etc.

“In the past day, we’ve been accused of disclosing people’s private messages to partners without their knowledge”, Ime Archibong wrote in a new post.

“That’s not true. We worked closely with four partners to integrate messaging capabilities into their products so people could message their Facebook friends — but only if they chose to use Facebook Login”.

The features, which are no longer available, enabled Netflix and Spotify app users to send messages to their Facebook friends.

Facebook said that it needed to give Spotify permission to “write” private messages so that users could share songs through their Facebook account. Netflix also needed permission so that people could share links to movies with their friends.

“That was the point of this feature — for the messaging partners mentioned above, we worked with them to build messaging integrations into their apps so people could send messages to their Facebook friends”, Archibong wrote.

Archibong said that none of their partners were reading “your private messages, or writing messages to your friends without your permission”.

Archibong’s post does not offer any explanation about why Facebook decided to give Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple access to users’ private data.

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