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Facebook Exposed Giving Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence As National Security Threat

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Facebook has confirmed it has a data-sharing partnership with Chinese firms including Huawei, a company US intelligence previously flagged as a security threat.

The agreements gave the Chinese firms some access to users’ data to help them build Facebook “experiences” on their own platforms.

Facebook said all the data collected remained on users’ phones not servers.

Huawei said its cooperation with Facebook was to improve user services.

Do you believe them?

According to the New York Times, in his effort to grow Facebook Mr. Zuckerberg “has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top Internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.

Zuckerberg knows that to gain access for his social media network to China’s 1.1 billion people he’ll need to play by China’s rules.  That means accepting China’s Internet censorship rules.

In fact, the Times reports that “The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Facebook had given at least 60 device-makers access to users’ data – and that of their Facebook friends – without obtaining explicit consent and that in some cases the details were stored on the firms’ own servers.

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