Facebook internal emails published: what the new documents reveal

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Dating app Badoo and ride-hailing app Lyft were among other companies "whitelisted" for access to data about users' friends, the documents showed.

Facebook gave some companies, including Netflix and Airbnb, preferential access to user data in 2015 as it limited services for most others, according to company emails and presentations released by a British politician.

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.

"Bulls & Bears" panel on how court documents revealed that Facebook considered charging companies for personal user data.

In one email, CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes "There's a big question on where we get the revenue from".

Facebook touted itself as championing privacy four years ago when it chose to restrict outsider developers' access to data about its users' friends.

Zuckerberg's response, according to the email, was to "go for it". "But the facts are clear: We've never sold people's data".

Crucially, LeBeau commented, according to the document, such a privacy change would require Android users to essentially opt in; Android, he said, would present them with a permissions dialog soliciting their approval to share call logs when they were to upgrade to a version of the app that collected the logs and texts.




Parliament's media committee seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as part of its investigation into fake news.

The release of the internal documents adds to Facebook's challenges as it wrestles with issues as varied as how it enabled the spread of misinformation and whether it properly safeguarded the data of its users. In most of the e-mails, Zuckerberg was concerned about what data different apps could expect to access, why his company should allow that access, what the benefit to Facebook was, and how the social network should think about rivals and competitors. Kramer is suing Facebook because of a decision it made in 2014 to prevent developers from peeping into friends' data. The good news about full reciprocity [where apps let users share their activity back to Facebook] is that for bigger social companies we might otherwise be anxious about, if they're enabling their users to push all of their social content back into Facebook then we're probably fine with them.

Facebook also used Onavo (an Israeli analytics company it bought in 2013) to observe users' overall usage of its mobile apps without their approval or knowledge in order to figure out how many users had downloaded apps and how often they used them.

"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". Facebook then used this data to influence their purchases of third-party companies.

The documents were brought to light by USA software company Six4Three, which were gathered as part of a legal case against the social network.

In Britain, Zuckerberg and his leadership team are under fierce scrutiny since revelations that one developer, Cambridge Analytica, allegedly abused access to information about up to 87 million people on Facebook.

"These developers do not want to participate in the ecosystem we have created, but rather build their own ecosystem at the expense of our users, other developers and, of course, us".

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