Privacy News Facebook Accused of Using Your Phone to Wiretap Snapchat

vtqhtr413

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Meta has lots of data through Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook, but that’s not enough for them. Court filings unsealed last week allege Meta created an internal effort to spy on Snapchat in a secret initiative called “Project Ghostbusters.” Meta did so through Onavo, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service the company offered between 2016 and 2019 that, ultimately, wasn’t private at all.

“Whenever someone asks a question about Snapchat, the answer is usually that because their traffic is encrypted we have no analytics about them,” said Mark Zuckerberg in an email to three Facebook executives in 2016, unsealed in Meta’s antitrust case on Saturday. “It seems important to figure out a new way to get reliable analytics about them… You should figure out how to do this.”

Thus, Project Ghostbusters was born. It’s Meta’s in-house wiretapping tool to spy on data analytics from Snapchat starting in 2016, later used on YouTube and Amazon. This involved creating “kits” that can be installed on iOS and Android devices, to intercept traffic for certain apps, according to the filings. This was described as a “man-in-the-middle” approach to get data on Facebook’s rivals, but users of Onavo were the “men in the middle.”
 

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Hardly surprising behavior when Mark Zuckerberg saw Instagram has a threat to FB they bought it off, if any social media
platform FB / Meta deems a threat they will get the same treatment. It's the same way Microsoft and Google run their companies the exact same goes for Intel and Nvidia.

These companies specifically because they own the Monoploy in their respective markets.


Oh lets not forget to add Apple to that list! :LOL:
 

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Hardly surprising behavior when Mark Zuckerberg saw Instagram has a threat to FB they bought it off, if any social media
platform FB / Meta deems a threat they will get the same treatment. It's the same way Microsoft and Google run their companies the exact same goes for Intel and Nvidia.

These companies specifically because they own the Monoploy in their respective markets.


Oh lets not forget to add Apple to that list! :LOL:
That article is right on point (y)
 

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