'Facebook is once again at the helm of controversy and has been accused of spying on app users. A court case in California alleges that the social media giant used its apps to gather information about patrons and their friends — including reading their messages, tracking their location and even accessing photos on their phones. Former startup Six4three has been engaged in a veritable Pandora’s box of a case against Facebook for roughly two years.
And the latest revelations from Six4three’s lawsuit allege that Facebook has been engaging in mass surveillance of users for some time now. One court document reportedly states, “Facebook continued to explore and implement ways to track users’ location, to track and read their texts, to access and record their microphones on their phones, to track and monitor their usage of competitive apps on their phones, and to track and monitor their calls.”
It certainly sounds like spying, doesn’t it? But of course, a Facebook spokesperson has rebuked the accusation, stating that Six4three’s “claims have no merit, and we will continue to defend ourselves vigorously.”
According to The Guardian, the claims about Facebook’s uncouth spying efforts appear in a January filing — the fifth amended complaint made by Six4three. The document also alleges that Facebook collected this information for “commercial purposes.”
The bulk of the details regarding Faceook’s surveillance have been redacted from court documents; according to the social media site, these are “confidential business matters.” Whether or not these omissions are more like a silent admission of guilt has yet to be determined. But Facebook has come under fire for possible invasions of privacy in the past.'
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