Facebook on Internet Monitoring: ‘It Wasn’t Us, It Was a Bug’

Friday, April 10, 2015
By Paul Martin


Facebook admitted this week that it was guilty of monitoring people’s online activity, saying that “a bug” caused the social media giant to implant tracking tools on Internet browsers.

The bug caused the company to place cookies – a common way to track people’s online browsing habits – on web browsers.

While Facebook has been open about the use of cookies on its site, this bug implanted the tracking tools on the browsers of people who were not Facebook users, but had visited websites that integrate its technology, such as the “Like” button.

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