Facebook accused of giving access to users’ data

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

UK parliament releases internal Facebook documents

The 223 pages of communication from 2012 to 2015 between high-level Facebook employees, including founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, show how the social media company debated generating revenue by selling access to data, tracked and fended off rivals and braced for potential blowback as it moved to capture more user data. The defunct app developer obtained them as part of its ongoing lawsuit in California state court alleging that Facebook violated promises to developers.

Internal emails at Facebook Inc., including those involving Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, were published online by a committee of United Kingdom lawmakers investigating social media's role in the spread of fake news.

Damian Collins, a Conservative member of British Parliament, made the documents public on Wednesday after demanding them last month under threat of sanction from Six4Three.

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

"As we've said many times, the documents Six4Three gathered for their baseless case are only part of the story and are presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context", said a spokeswoman for the company in a statement.

He is also the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that's investigating Facebook. He reiterated that in 2014, the company made some changes that limited the data apps could access from the platform.

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

In one email, dated January 23 2013, a Facebook engineer contacted Zuckerberg to say that rival Twitter Inc. had launched its Vine video-sharing tool, which users could connect to Facebook to find their friends there.

A spokesman for Facebook was unable to immediately comment.

Facebook had been aware that an update to its Android app that let it collect records of users' calls and texts would be controversial.

-Mark Zuckerberg wanted "full reciprocity" between Facebook and app developers i.e. you share all your data on users with us, and we'll share all of ours with you. The social network itself received data about how people were using third party apps in return.

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