How Facebook was able to siphon off phone call and text logs

Staff Writer

The news that Facebook's Android app has been collecting call and text histories is yet another black eye for the social media giant. But just why was Facebook able to siphon off records of who its users were contacting โ€” and when โ€” in the first place?
The short answer: Because Google let it. The longer answer: Well, it's complicated.
The social network acknowledged on Sunday that it began uploading call and text logs from phones running Google's Android system in 2015 โ€” first via its Messenger app and later through an option in Facebook Lite, a stripped-down version of its main app. Facebook added that only users who gave appropriate permission were affected, that it didn't collect the contents of messages or calls, and that users can opt out of the data collection and have the stored logs deleted by changing their app settings.
Facebook did not respond to multiple requests for more specifics. The kerfuffle over this data collection, first reported by the website Ars Technica , follows a week of turmoil for the social network involving charges that it allowed political consultants to steal the data of 50 million users in order to influence election...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.

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