- Facebook has been accused of giving third parties access to users' private messages
- The company says it was experimental and users knew about it
- The experiments have now been shut down for nearly three years.
A day after a New York Times report accused Facebook of giving Netflix and Spotify the ability to read its users’ private messages without their knowledge, the company has come out in defence explaining the reason why the access was given to the video and audio streaming services. It said that the access was given during an experimental phase and the practice was ended nearly three years ago.