Facebook Developers Who Sold User IDs Get Penalized

November 2nd, 2010 - 8:16 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
FacebookNov 2, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Facebook is possibly the most popular social networking site nowadays but it has often been slammed for several privacy related problems. It has also been targeted by hackers several time in the recent past who have tried exploiting its features to spread malicious codes on-line. The Facebook team recently admitted that some of its developers were involved in selling user id to a number of data brokerage entities. The revelation is shocking and it can make the users even more paranoid about protecting their information online.

As it is anyone who knows the Facebook user id of another person can get access to his name and Facebook likes. Some of the Facebook users are careless about their privacy and they are often found leaving their private information accessible to others. This is what those data brokerage firms have exploited so far. The Facebook team has said at least a dozen developers were caught selling UIDs illegally to these entities. Facebook has taken the issue seriously and hence the developers who were found selling UIDs have been slapped with a 6 month ban from Facebook. The company has said it is trying to find a solution so that this kind of leakage does not happen again in future and users remain safe.

The company, however, has not revealed the names of the guilty application developers. Mike Vernal a Facebook representative wrote in the official developer blog for Facebook that the social-networking site has never sold and will not sell user information in the future as well. Moreover, he also went on to say that Facebook has zero tolerance for data brokers as “they undermine the value that users have come to expect” from the social-networking site.

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