Our medical data is something that we probably wouldn’t really want to share with the rest of the world, which is why medical information about patients is guarded rather heavily. However it seems that at one point in time, this information was something that Facebook wanted from its users, according to a report from CNBC.


According to the report, it seems that Facebook was looking to launch a research project based on medical information about its users. They had apparently spoken to health organizations such as the Stanford Medical School and American College of Cardiology about possible data-sharing, with the intention being about how social data could be used regarding the treatment and care of patients.

However it seems that following the fallout of Facebook’s data privacy scandal, the project has been put on hold, although according to Facebook the project never went past the planning phase. In a statement made to CNBC, a Facebook spokesperson said, “This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and we have not received, shared, or analyzed anyone’s data.”

Given how much scrutiny Facebook is under over the scandal, we’re pretty sure that not many people are confident on how Facebook would handle user medical data. Just last month there were reports that Facebook had also put some of their other projects on hold, such as the launch of their smart speakers which was supposed to have been unveiled at the company’s F8 event.

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