Facebook has admitted that some developers did sell user information to third party data brokers, who in turn used it for targeted advertising.
The sale of user data came into light after Facebook conducted an internal investigation into the claims that certain apps on the platform stored user IDs that were later sold to third parties by the developers.
The company said in a blog post that the offending developers had been banned from using the platform for the next six months. The developers would also have to submit their application for audit in order to check if it is Facebook compliant or not before it can be reintroduced to the platform.
“Facebook has never sold and will never sell user information. We also have zero tolerance for data brokers because they undermine the value that users have come to expect from Facebook,” the company said.
The company had also announced that data broker RapLeaf had come forward and aided Facebook in its investigation, agreed to delete all users IDs it has stored and will no longer conduct activities on the platform.