Saturday, November 27, 2010

FACEBOOK App Developers on Suspension

Facebook has suspended some of its application developers for selling their user information to some data brokers. Some Facebook applications were transmitting user IDs to be used for name identification and in some cases their friends name too to some advertising and data firms. It seems that data broker was paying developers for these user IDs and Facebook confirmed that no private user data was sold and confirmed that transfer of these UIDs did not give access to any private data. That also assured that they will be taking action against these developers by instituting a 6-month full moratorium on their access to Facebook communication channels. Those developers are not working in the top 10 applications on Facebook Platform and will be under pressure if they are not in compliance with the Facebook policies. Still Facebook officials are not able to find out the data broker exactly and in an announcement they said, "Never sold and will never sell user information". Also they added that they have a zero tolerance for data brokers because they undermine the value that users have come to expect from Facebook.

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