The Federal Trade Commission has accused a Facebook-owned company of misleading users about what information it collects on them.
The FTC alleges that the Facebook News Feed API uses data from a third-party social media analytics company called Facebook Insights to determine what posts users see.
That data is shared with Facebook, which then uses that data to determine which posts to show to people who share the Facebook page, according to the FTC’s complaint.
The complaint states that Facebook NewsFeed data is not used to target ads or to make decisions about what content to show people.
Instead, Facebook Insight uses the data to analyze what people are saying and to create a customized News Feed that is tailored to those users’ interests, the FTC said.
Facebook’s News Feed uses the same data, and the company also uses the Insights data to improve its News Feeds, the complaint said.
The complaint seeks to hold Facebook accountable for failing to properly warn users about Facebook Insiders’ ability to target them with targeted advertising.
The Facebook News feed is a huge part of the social network’s platform, and Facebook Insides can be found on almost every page on Facebook.
Users can choose to opt out of Facebook Newsfeeds and only view ads on the page they choose.
The complaints also alleges that Facebook Insists do not have to disclose that Facebook’s Newsfeed data is being used by Insights, and that Facebook does not have the ability to see what content Insights collects about users.
“These companies have violated the law,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement.
“The FTC will continue to take action against these companies, including the largest social network, when they are found to be in violation of the FTC Act and FTC rules.”