of another report.
Instant Personalization was a feature that started 2010 and allowed Partners to personalize their information with Facebook data. Instant Personalization was discontinued in 2014 due to a lot of discontent – nonetheless some companies apparently still had access to some functions of this feature until 2017. Bing, the Microsoft search engine for example, apparently was allowed to see the names of all the Facebook users’ friends – no matter if there was consent or not.
Special cooperations were deals that Facebook made with different other partners, for example:
Facebook itself claims in a blog entry that all they tried was to give their users more comfortable features for them to use. Most data sharing also required the user’s OK; otherwise no third party would have gotten access to the user information.