Social Media Platform Facebook has data sharing agreements with at least four Chinese companies, including Huawei. This claim has been made in a media report. It is notable that Chinese mobile company Huawei has been considered a threat to national security by US security agencies.
According to the New York Times, Facebook said that agreement with Chinese companies allows them to access detailed information, including the religious and political tilt, work and educational information and relationship status of both the devices users and their friends. This kind of permission has been offered to BlackBerry too.
Facebook said this agreement is very old and has been signed before 2010, but agreement with Huawei will end at the end of the week. The New York Times said that Facebook has data sharing agreements with Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo, and TCL, due to which Chinese companies have private access to some users' data.
The newspaper said that these deals are part of efforts to promote more mobile users on Facebook. These agreements allowed device makers to offer some Facebook features like address book, 'Like' buttons and status updates. US lawmakers have expressed concern over such agreements made by Facebook with Chinese companies. US Senate even asked questions to Mark Zuckerburg regarding this issue.