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This sounds familiar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook–Cambridge_Analytica_data_scandal

Academic linked to Cambridge Analytica data mining sues Facebook for defamation: Aleksandr Kogan mined the social network for Cambridge Analytica…“, NBC News, March 16, 2019: https://archive.vn/WlS7S

From BoingBoing.net: “In 2012, Zuckerberg hosted “World Hack Moscow” and gave prizes for figuring out how to mine Facebook friends’ data By CORY DOCTOROW, 9:54 AM SUN JUN 10, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg himself hosted World Hack Moscow [1], a hackathon in October 2012, handing the mic to Facebook product manager to Simon Cross, who walked the developers through the process of using Facebook’s API to gather data on a users’ friends, showing them how to get “a ton of information” on the entire friend graph of a Facebook user who gave simple permissions to their apps.

As Slashdot reader Theodp points out, Cross was the Facebook spokesexec who, three years later, was shoved out in front of the press [2] to explain why giving developers this kind of access was a bad idea and to try to calm down furious developers who’d come to rely on the API for their apps….”CC-BY-NC-SA: https://boingboing.net/2018/06/10/privacy-by-design-2.html https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/deed.en_US
References in the article:
[1] http://web.archive.org/web/20180623194533/https://www.cnet.com/news/no-russian-research-center-planned-for-facebook/
[2] http://web.archive.org/web/20190328104910if_/https://techcrunch.com/2015/04/28/facebook-api-shut-down/

The original includes an extensive quote from here:

And includes the video: “Zuckerberg@World Hack Moscow”: https://youtu.be/qsae8f0Ajv0