Unearthed Facebook Emails Show How It Gave Access To User Data

Leroy Wright
December 5, 2018

Damian Collins MP, the chair of the parliamentary committee involved, highlighted several "key issues" in an introductory note.

Facebook's thoughts about its competitors and potential rivals can also be seen in the internal emails, an approach which Collins labels "aggressive".

Documents released also show Facebook officials concerned with the PR consequences of the data the company collected from users.

The social networking giant put companies like Netflix, Airbnb and Lyft on a special "white list" to sidestep privacy policies it had strengthened in 2014 and 2015 to protect its users, according to the documents, which were made public Wednesday by a UK Parliament minister. App developers would be able to pay the costs directly or offset them with other transactions, like ad buys or use of Facebook's payment platform, he suggested.

The data-hungry mammoth wanted to know how people used their mobile phones, so it changed Facebook's mobile app to enable it to harvest more information from devices it was installed on.

The committee received the documents from app developer Six4Three, which had acquired the files dating from 2013-2014, as part of a US lawsuit against the social media giant. Six4Three is now attempting to enter these documents as evidence in its U.S. lawsuit with Facebook.

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"Sometimes the best way to enable people to share something is to have a developer build a special goal app or network for that type of content and to make that app social by having Facebook plug into it", Zuckerberg wrote in 2012.

"To mitigate any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features of the upgrade of their app", the summary said.

Facebook, which has described the Six4Three case as baseless, said the released communications are misleading without additional context, but did not elaborate.

"We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends' data with developers", said a spokeswoman.

Facebook's director of developer platforms and programs Konstantinos Papamiltiadis told AFP last week that the company "has never sold anyone's data". Do we just charge a rev share directly and let devs who use them get a credit against what they owe us?

In terms of suffocating rivals, Mr Collins wrote: "The files show evidence of Facebook taking aggressive positions against apps, with the outcome that denying them access to data led to the failure of that business". "It's not at all clear to me here that we have a model that will actually make us the revenue we want at scale".

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