Facebook has given some companies, including Netflix and Airbnb, preferential access to user data in 2015 as it limited services to most others, according to company emails and presentations released by a British lawmaker.
The 223 pages of communication in 2012 to 2015 among high-level Facebook employees, including founders and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, show how the social media company debated generating revenue by selling access to data, track and fended rivals and bored for potential blowback it moved To capture more user data.
Domanian Collins, a conservative member of the British Parliament, made the documents public on Wednesday and demanded them last month under the threat of Sikor of Six 4th Tree. The defected App developer received them as part of its ongoing trial in California state called Facebook violated promises to developers.
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"Facebook [has] Clearly, in visting agencies with certain firms that have continued to believe that after the 2014-14 Platform Changes, they have a comprehensive access to friendly data, "said the Parliament Committee in a statement prostacing the emails.
"It's not clear that there is no user consent for this, and how Facebook decides which companies should be high-level or not."
The Facebook, which described the Six 4 cases as baseless, had the free communication misleading without any context, but did not elaborate.
"We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to keep a person from sharing their friends' data with developers," the company said in a statement.
"As any business, we have many internal conversations about the various ways we can build a sustainable business model for our platform, but the facts are clear: we never sold people's data."
Though filed under the seal and edited in the process, Collins said the material needed to be public because they raise important questions about how Facebook threats users are, their policies for working with app developers, and how they exercise their dominant position In the social media market. "
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Collins was among the leaders of a British inquiry into fake news on social media, one of the many issues that brought Facebook in the crossings of governments in some countries. Data breaches, allegations of political bias over Facebook in content referrals and lobbying tactics have also drawn questions from LouiseMakers.
Dating app Badoo and Lift are among the other companies "Whitelisted" for access to data about friends' friends, the documents shown.
Collins also alleged that Facebook took aggressive positions against rival apps by allowing them access to any user data.
The summary of the Computer Key Problems about the Documents said the documents also show Facebook knew that an update to its Android mobile app phone system – which enabled the Facebook app to collect user call logs – would be controversial.
"To reduce any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as difficult as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features of the upgrade of their app," the summary said.
The documents show an exchange between Zuckerberg and senior executive Justin Osofsky in 2013, in which they decided to keep friends accessing the data on the day that social media competitor twitter launched the video sharing service.
"We have prepared reactive PR," Oosofsky wrote, to which Zuckerberg said, "Yup, go for it."