Facebook Struck Deals Over Data and Burnt Rivals, Say Lawmakers

Facebook Struck Deals Over Data and Burnt Rivals, Say Lawmakers

Facebook Struck Deals Over Data and Burnt Rivals, Say Lawmakers

But the day it published, Kwon was apparently chatting with other Facebook staffers about how the company could vacuum up the call logs of its users without the Android operating system getting in the way by asking for the user for specific permission, according to confidential Facebook documents released today by the British Parliament.

The document, part of a larger 250-page parliamentary trove, shows what appears to be a copied-and-pasted recap of an internal chat conversation between various Facebook staffers and Kwon, who was then the company's deputy chief privacy officer and is now working as a product management director, according to his LinkedIn profile.

"The idea of linking access to friends' data to the financial value of the developers' relationship with Facebook is a recurring feature of the documents". "I think we leak info to developers, but I just can't think of any instances where that data has leaked from developer to developer and caused real issue for us", chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in 2012, describing nearly exactly the kind of behaviour that would lead to the Cambridge Analytica scandal years later.

It's suing Facebook over a change to the social network's privacy policies in 2015 that led Six4Three to shut down its app, Pikinis.

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

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

Facebook knew collecting call records and text message history was sensitive, but did it anyway, according to leaked emails.

UK Member of Parliament (MP) Damian Collins, the Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that is investigating Facebook, announced that he had received the documents on November 25, and was considering what to do with them.

Facebook had objected to their release.

That approach allegedly included using Onavo, an Israeli analytics company Facebook bought in 2013, to conduct global surveys of mobile app usage to determine whether or not Facebook should be threatened by rivals or consider acquiring them - as it did in the case of Instagram and WhatsApp.

"Without limiting distribution or access to friends who use this app, I don't think we have any way to get developers to pay us at all besides offering payments and ad networks", Mr Zuckerberg said in a 2012 e-mail.

Facebook said Wednesday that limited data extensions were given to particular developers and that whitelists of developers allowed to use certain features are commonly used in beta testing.

"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".

But by selectively "whitelisting" certain companies and apps in this policy change, the company was able to protect those apps that brought something to the Facebook platform - such as Airbnb and Netflix - while, it's argued, simultaneously blocking out any potential threats, such as the aforementioned Vine. "But instead of requiring developers to buy advertising - the option discussed in these cherry picked emails - we ultimately settled on a model where developers did not need to purchase advertising to access [data] and we continued to provide the developer platform for free".

The documents had been sealed by a California court.

Facebook wants the laptop to be evaluated to determine what happened in the United Kingdom, to what extent the court order was breached, and how much of its confidential information has been divulged to the committee.

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