In recent weeks, Facebook has been locked in an escalating feud with Apple over a proposed privacy change to the company’s app experience. The new feature would give users greater control over how companies use their data to track them around the web and target advertising. According to Facebook, this will harm small businesses — however, many experts have called out Facebook for really only being concerned for its own interests. And this week, another notable advocacy organization joined the fray, calling Facebook’s criticism’s over another company’s privacy policies “laughable.”
“Facebook has recently launched a campaign touting itself as the protector of small businesses. This is a laughable attempt from Facebook to distract you from its poor track record of anticompetitive behavior and privacy issues as it tries to derail pro-privacy changes from Apple that are bad for Facebook’s business,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a statement.
“Requiring trackers to request your consent before stalking you across the Internet should be an obvious baseline, and we applaud Apple for this change,” the EFF continued.
It was bold of Facebook to believe no one would figure out why it’s fighting Apple’s privacy change. But at least users and privacy groups are standing up and calling out the social media giant for its obvious ploy to protect itself.
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