Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, flirted with the idea of entering the online dating business in 2014 – instead, he provided access to user data to Tinder and similar apps, as evidenced by leaked documents.
These were released Wednesday and are part of an ongoing, long-deadly app that scraped Facebook data to find photos of women in bikinis.
In 2014, Facebook decided to block third-party apps from accessing user data such as friend lists and popular pages, and released most apps to comply with the new policy by May 2015. However, some apps have whitelisted permissions to continue accessing the data. Tinder was one of them.
According to a leaked e-mail exchange in March 201
A year before Zuckerberg said Facebook was a better dating app than Tinder and Match.com. He said that there are two types of dating apps: one developed for the task of matching people the last two fell into, and apps that can be used for dating but that were not designed for the job into which Facebook fell. "I actually think that the second one is far more valuable and useful if it can be created," Zuckerberg wrote in an e-mail from January 2014.
"That's why Facebook has been so good at dating in the past. It's not an explicit dating service, so being part of it is no problem. Once you are there, part of it can be used for dating. I bet Facebook has more data and relationships than any other dating service combined, "Zuckerberg wrote. "No, I want to get to know the tinder. I do not think he's that relevant. He probably just wants to make sure we do not disable the API that we're adjusting as we make changes, and since we can not talk about it, the conversation gets awkward, "Zuckerberg said.
The documents shed light on how Facebook hoarded and distributed user data prior to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Last year, when Facebook did the damage review after the scandal and changed its data policy again.
in September this year, five years after Zuckerberg ascertained Facebook's superiority in online dating.
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