In response to the latest replacement exposure from the New York Times Facebook has recalled a certain aspect that many focused on: Read / write access to private messages granted partners such as Netflix and Spotify. While these companies originally responded that they either did not use this access or were unaware of it, Facebook’s blog post tries to remove the question as to why it was necessary at all.
In order for you to write a message to a Facebook friend from Spotify, for example, we needed to give Spotify “write access”. In order for you to read messages back, we needed Spotify to have “read access”. “Remove Access” meant that if you deleted a message from Spotify, it would also remove from Facebook. No third party read your private messages or wrote messages to your friends without your permission.
The Facebook method expands it (like to a twitter thread published yesterday ), this type of integration was “experimental” and, unlike the vague descriptions of its privileges, very specific on how it worked. Netflix and Spotify’s availability was for messages directly linked to how their devices worked, as VP for Product Partnership Ime Archibong said: “These partnerships were agreed through extensive negotiations and documentation, describing how third parties would use the API, and what tasks they could and could not access. “
Facebook describes in some detail why this access was not used to doing things like sending messages to your friends without your entry or allowing partners to read more of your private information saying that they have been shut down for three years . The initial lack of clarity about what they meant, if the users understood what they agreed and how it was all reviewed is part of the reason that the company runs dry on trust and benefit from doubts when it needs it most.