The fact that Facebook has shared personal data of users with third-party companies in an exceptional way seems to have not been something so exceptional, given that in recent months there have been numerous cases that have come to light.
Now we know a new one: Facebook has granted special privileges to applications to link as Tinder or Bumble for years to access users’ personal information.
It is necessary to go back in this year to the year 2014, at which time Facebook begins to consider that it can launch its own application so that users know and link with each other. At that time Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, approached Tinder and other similar applications, to know their business model and, eventually, even submit a purchase offer.
Finally this did not materialize. At the end of that year Facebook changed its use policy to restrict the amount of information of its users to which third-party applications would have access, giving developers six months to adapt to the new standard.
Thus, in May 2015, the possibility that third party applications could access the personal data of users was eliminated. Among others, Cambridge Analytica, responsible for one of the biggest scandals in the history of the social network, stopped having access to sensitive information.
However, Mark Zuckerberg were included in a kind of “white list” and would not have to comply with that limitation. Among them, Tinder, which, as it has been known now thanks to an email sent in 2015 and that has been leaked in recent days, Zuckerberg granted special permissions for being “high profile” applications.
All that remained until last year, after learning about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook once again changed its data use policy and “shut down the information tap” on Tinder.
Despite that, Zuckerberg continued to think that his platform was a better place to flirt than dating applications themselves. That took him three years later to launch tests in several countries Facebook Dating , which this year was officially launched in the United States.