Internal Facebook Emails Show How Company Burnt Rivals, Struck Deals Over Data

Facebook emails show some new information

The UK parliament's select media committee published more than 200 pages of internal Facebook emails it has acquired while probing how the giant was being used to manipulate major election results The UK parliament's select media committee published more than 200 pages of internal Facebook emails it has acquired while probing how the giant was being used to manipulate major election results.

Facebook granted some tech firms full access to its user data as it sought to cultivate lucrative business ties with them - long after it said it was dropping the practice because of privacy concerns, according to an explosive cache of secret documents and emails.

Of course data collected through the "thisisyourdigitallife" personality quiz did end up leaking to Cambridge Analytica, and while that data didn't impact Facebook's revenue or competitive edge (at least not directly), it certainly amounted to a "real issue" for Facebook and millions of its users. The defunct app developer obtained them as part of its ongoing lawsuit in California state court alleging that Facebook violated promises to developers.

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.

Facebook had objected to their release. He reiterated that in 2014, the company made some changes that limited the data apps could access from the platform. "It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not". "Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform".

He is also the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that's investigating Facebook. Facebook also took an "aggressive" position when dealing with rival apps, Collins said, by denying them access to data that meant that businesses would fail.

Facebook had been aware that an update to its Android app that let it collect records of users' calls and texts would be controversial. "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 a real issue for us". The engineer suggested shutting down Vine's access to the friends feature, to which Zuckerberg replied, "Yup, go for it".

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