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Data broker paid app developer for Facebook user information

The social network did not identify the data broker that was purchasing user information.

A data broker has been paying application developers for identifying Facebook user information, the social networking site said in a company blog post on Friday.

The site also added that it has placed some errant developers on a six-month suspension from its site because of the practice.

"This impacts fewer than a dozen, mostly small developers, none of which are in the top 10 applications on Facebook Platform," the company added.

Earlier last month, the US media reported about how several popular Facebook apps were transmitting user IDs -- which can be used to look up users' names and names of the app user's friends to 25 advertising and data firms.

The social network did not identify the data broker that was purchasing user information, but said it had reached an agreement with Rapleaf, a US data aggregation company that was previously identified as receiving some user information.

Rapleaf has reportedly agreed to delete all user identification information in its possession and to stop any further activities on the social network.