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Yonatan Zunger 🔥 @yonatanzunger
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Facebook's defense of its treating device makers as first parties is confusing to me. They're saying it was to allow FB apps on devices before app stores existed, with Blackberry as their example.…
But it's not clear to me that these contracts were limited to feature phones, and that doesn't explain why Facebook would still have such an agreement with Apple in the present day - since all their phones have used an app store for ten years.
And it doesn't answer the key question of whether users or anyone else were aware that Facebook considered their device maker and/or telco a first party ("we") for purposes of things like privacy policies.
There's an obvious non-sneaky way to do what FB describes in this post: have two classes of partner, one of whom has the right to create FB-like systems and so has access to absolutely everything, and make that clear in one's policies.
Then both users and the people writing things like Facebook's 2011 consent decree would have been clearly aware of this. It's not clear to me from Facebook's response why they decided not to do this.
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