Skip to main content

Facebook Suspends Devs for Selling User IDs

Social networking giant Facebook has revealed that "fewer than a dozen" developers of Facebook applications were found to be selling User IDs (UIDs) to a data broker. Facebook said that the developers in question are small devs whose applications are not among the top 10 Facebook applications, and said that no private data was shared with UIDs.

"While we determined that no private user data was sold and confirmed that transfer of these UIDs did not give access to any private data, this violation of our policy is something we take seriously," Mike Vernal wrote in a post to the Facebook developers blog.

"As such, we are taking action against these developers by instituting a 6-month full moratorium on their access to Facebook communication channels, and we will require these developers to submit their data practices to an audit in the future to confirm that they are in compliance with our policies," he said.

"This impacts fewer than a dozen, mostly small developers, none of which are in the top 10 applications on Facebook Platform."

Vernal goes on to say that Facebook has reached an agreement with Rapleaf, "the data broker who came forward to work with [Facebook] on this situation." Though Vernal never explicitly says Rapleaf was the broker purchasing the UIDs from developers, he did say that the company has agreed to delete all UIDs in its possession, and won't conduct any activities on the Facebook Platform (either directly or indirectly) going forward.

Check the full post here.