Confidential emails from Facebook executives published as part of fake news inquiry

Confidential emails from Facebook executives published as part of fake news inquiry

The bulk of the emails and documents date from 2012 to 2015 and deal with the way Facebook allowed third-party apps to access friend data through its platform.

A cache of internal Facebook documents released by a United Kingdom member of Parliament show how CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives wrestled with how to monetize their valuable user data while still encouraging third-party apps to post user activity on Facebook.

The British Parliament’s media committee seized confidential Facebook documents from a developer and on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018, has released a cache of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access.

"The idea of linking access to friends' data to the financial value of the developers' relationship with Facebook is a recurring feature of the documents". The engineer suggested shutting down Vine's access to the friends feature, to which Zuckerberg replied, "Yup, go for it". With regards to Onavo, Facebook argues "we've always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used, including by Facebook".

Facebook, which has described the Six4Three case as baseless, said the released communications were "selectively leaked" and it defended its practices.

Mr Damian Collins, the chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which is investigating Facebook, used Parliament's sergeant-at-arms to obtain the documents last month.

Facebook had objected to their release. The company denies that claim, arguing instead that, while it could have required developers to buy advertising, "we ultimately settled on a model where developers did not need to purchase advertising to access APIs and we continued to provide the developer platform for free".

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

Critics have drawn attention to this kind of behavior as being potentially in violation of United States and European antitrust and anti-monopoly laws, as the dominant Facebook platform can arguably be seen blocking competitors attempts to enter its market.

Zuckerberg wrote in a post on Wednesday that the company could have prevented the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal had it cracked down on app developers a year earlier in 2014.

In one email, dated February 4, 2015, a Facebook engineer said a feature of the Android Facebook app that would "continually upload" a user's call and SMS history would be a "high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective".

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.

"Without limiting distribution or access to friends who use this app, I don't think we have any way to get developers to pay us at all besides offering payments and ad networks", Mr Zuckerberg said in a 2012 e-mail.

He added that "enterprising journalists" would eventually "dig into what exactly the new update is requesting, then write stories about how 'Facebook uses new Android update to pry into your private life in ever more terrifying ways-reading your call logs, tracking you in businesses with beacons, etc.". He adds, "It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not".

Facebook wants the laptop to be evaluated to determine what happened in the United Kingdom, to what extent the court order was breached, and how much of its confidential information has been divulged to the committee.

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