Documents show Facebook gave preferential access to data to certain companies

Documents show Facebook gave preferential access to data to certain companies

Documents show Facebook gave preferential access to data to certain companies

Facebook is also seen as aloof in worrying about leaked user data, even now as the social media giant moves to block access to such data.

A British lawmaker released a trove of internal Facebook emails, revealing how the social media platform favored certain companies, including Netflix, Airbnb and Lyft, by offering them special access to user data.

They cover the company's handling of user data, including how it allegedly provided some companies with access to data on users' friends despite changes in 2015 to end such practices.

A memo describing Facebook's plan for "Platform 3.0", the new version of its app platform, makes it very clear that the company won't share user data with companies it does not want to.

Facebook called the documents misleading and said the information they contain is "only part of the story".

Facebook's director of developer platforms and programs Konstantinos Papamiltiadis told AFP last week that the company "has never sold anyone's data".

The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access.

Facebook used data provided by the Israeli analytics firm Onavo to determine which other mobile apps were being downloaded and used by the public. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a statement. "We blocked a lot of sketchy apps".

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In 2015, rising star, Stanford University graduate, victor of the 13th season of "Survivor", and Facebook executive Yul Kwon was profiled by the news outlet Fusion, which described him as "the guy standing between Facebook and its next privacy disaster", guiding the company's engineers through the dicey territory of personal data collection. 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. "We don't feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents". Another email from Sachin Monga, who was a product developer at Facebook Canada at the time, noted that Royal Bank was a whitelist entity and added: "I believe [the new RBC app] will be one of the biggest [advertising] campaigns ever run in Canada".

The U.K. committee seized the documents from app developer Six4Three, maker of a now-defunct bikini-picture search app. Six4Three acquired the files as part of a USA lawsuit that accuses Facebook of deceptive, anti-competitive business practices. "It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not".

You can check out the full 250-page document dump including the DCMS's summary at the United Kingdom parliament's website. In the case of Vine, the now-defunct video sharing platform owned by rival Twitter, Zuckerberg approved revoking their access to Facebook's API.

Mr Zuckerberg responded: "Yup, go for it".

Facebook says that the documents may paint a selective picture of the company's actions.

"However, that may be good for the world", Zuckerberg added", but it's not good for us unless people also share back to Facebook and that content increases the value of our social network".

He also said that a change to Facebook's Android app policy that resulted in call and message data being recorded was deliberately made hard for users to know about. The social network itself received data about how people were using third party apps in return.

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