United Kingdom parliament releases internal Facebook documents

United Kingdom parliament releases internal Facebook documents

United Kingdom parliament releases internal Facebook documents

In terms of suffocating rivals, Mr Collins wrote: "The files show evidence of Facebook taking aggressive positions against apps, with the outcome that denying them access to data led to the failure of that business".

UK Parliament published excerpts from sensitive internal Facebook documents on Wednesday as part of its investigation into fake news and the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal.

Collins notes that a recurring theme in the 250-page cache of documents is that Facebook pushed the "idea of linking access to friends data to the financial value of the developers' relationship with Facebook".

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

The documents show an exchange between Zuckerberg and senior executive Justin Osofsky in 2013, in which they chose to stop giving friends' data access to Vine on the day that social media rival Twitter launched the video-sharing service. "We've prepared reactive PR, and I will let Jana know our decision". 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.

Facebook had objected to their release. Damien Geradin, a Brussels-based lawyer at Euclid Law, said the refusal of access to Vine data could be seen as a "potential refusal to deal" with rivals, "but you would need to show that Facebook" is essential to users and it is "not clear it is". He'd obtained the documents after compelling the founder of USA software company Six4Three to hand them over during a business trip to London.

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

"Like any business, we had many internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform", Facebook said. "We've never sold people's data".

The committee received the documents from app developer Six4Three, which had acquired the files dating from 2013-2014, as part of a USA lawsuit against the social media giant.

"This specific feature allows people to opt in to giving Facebook access to their call and text messaging logs in Facebook Lite and Messenger on Android devices", Facebook said in its statement.

The documents had been sealed by a California court.

Exhibit number 172 of the original suit provides some supporting details, where an email exchange between Facebook developers suggesting that including new permissions was a "high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective" and assurances that an upgrade path that would omit the new permissions dialog had been explored and was viable.

Bloomberg's Aoife White contributed.

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