Facebook says it didn’t violate the FTC consent decree because its “partners”—the companies it shares data with—are extensions of itself. The only thing, as the Times notes, is that these “extensions” were helping the company makes billions of dollars: “Every corporate partner that integrated Facebook data into its online products helped drive the platform’s expansion, bringing in new users, spurring them to spend more time on Facebook and driving up advertising revenue. At the same time, Facebook got critical data back from its partners.”

Netflix said in a statement that the company has tried “various ways” to make its product more social. “One example of this was a feature we launched in 2014 that enabled members to recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via Messenger or Netflix,” a spokesperson said. “It was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015. At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so.”

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