We recently heard that Facebook has a plan to combine the backend of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and also Instagram into one platform.
Obviously they have come under some scrutiny for this and now Germany’s competition regulator has told the company it cannot combine the date of the three platforms without consent.
Facebook has replied to the statement from the regulators in Germany and you can see what they had to say below.
Using information across services helps to make them better and protect people’s safety. Facebook has always been about connecting you with people and information you’re interested in. We tailor each person’s Facebook experience so it’s unique to you, and we use a variety of information to do this – including the information you include on your profile, news stories you like or share and what other services share with us about your use of their websites and apps. Using information across our services also helps us protect people’s safety and security, including, for example, identifying abusive behavior and disabling accounts tied to terrorism, child exploitation and election interference across both Facebook and Instagram.
Every day, people interact with companies that connect and use data in similar ways. And all of this should be – and is – a legitimate area of focus for regulators and policymakers around the world. Yet the Bundeskartellamt is trying to implement an unconventional standard for a single company.
You can see the full statement from Facebook below, the company has a month to appeal the ruling by the German regulators.