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When Facebook Became a Platform


The developer of an early Facebook app (“Cow Clicker”) describes what the platform Facebook offered looked like back then (2007–2010) and how it promoted its surveillance services to developers.

“My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data”
Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, March 22, 2018

Facebook has vowed to audit companies that have collected, shared, or sold large volumes of data in violation of its policy, but the company cannot close the Pandora's box it opened a decade ago, when it first allowed external apps to collect Facebook user data. That information is now in the hands of thousands, maybe millions of people.

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018