QR.bizNewsFacebook gave RBC, other companies preferential access to users' data, documents show

Facebook gave RBC, other companies preferential access to users' data, documents show

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.

A United Kingdom parliamentary committee has published 250 pages worth of Facebook documents, including emails sent between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives.

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. "Key points: 1/ Find out what other apps like Refresh are out that we don't want to share data with and figure out if they spend on [advertising]", he wrote on September 18, 2013, to Ime Archibong, Facebook's director of product partnerships.

Committee chair Damian Collins said it was not clear from the private exchanges between Facebook and app developers whether users were aware that their friends list and other private information was being used. The engineer suggested shutting down Vine's access to the friends feature, to which Zuckerberg replied, "Yup, go for it". "We explored multiple ways to build a sustainable business with developers who were building apps that were useful to people", the company said in a statement.

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

Facebook's statement goes into specifics, detailing each of the concerns raised thus far by the exposed communications, although arguably, numerous provided answers do not completely address the issues raised - in some cases going off on tangents and pointing towards other mechanisms involved.

Not all of the documents seized by the committee investigating fake news have been published.

"We don't feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents", Collins said on Twitter.

The summary of findings' second takeaway is that Facebook consistently wanted to link "access to friends data to the financial value of the developers' relationship with [the company]".

There were four other areas that Collins expressed concerns over ranging from the valuation of friends' data to increase FB revenues to using data collected from the Onavo VPN app. Facebook had "explanations" for them all and maintains that Six4Three only selected "some, but not all" documents and discussion in these matters. Zuckerberg mentioned companies like Path and Pinterest, rival social networks that could use the developer access to run it out of business.

The documents were brought to light by USA software company Six4Three, which were gathered as part of a legal case against the social network. "This change meant that a lot of sketchy apps-like the quiz app that sold data to Cambridge Analytica could no longer operate on our platform", he wrote.

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

Kramer was ordered by a judge on Friday to surrender his laptop to a forensic expert after admitting he turned over the documents to the British lawmakers, in violation of a US court order.

"Other ideas we considered but decided against included charging developers for usage of our platform, similar to how developers pay to use Amazon AWS or Google Cloud", he wrote.

A screenshot of the documents showing Facebook's principles of reciprocity

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