Facebook just gave us one more reason not to trust it

by Casey Newton


Reacting to news that Facebook disabled Android users' apps in a test of their loyalty — disturbing news from a company that so often struggles with issues of trust.

Facebook isn’t a big-box store. It presents itself as a global mission to connect the world — a mission that just happens to operate a lucrative advertising business. "We’re looking for new opportunities to … open up new, different private spaces for people where they can then feel comfortable sharing and having the freedom to express something to people that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to," Zuckerberg told analysts in 2014. But how comfortable can you feel sharing inside a world that its executives treat as a private zoo and research facility? One that they’re willing to shut down on a whim?