Facebook gave Netflix and Airbnb preferential data access to data, documents reveal

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

"Facebook have clearly entered into whitelisting agreements with certain companies, which meant that after the platform changes in 2014/15 they maintained full access to friends data", Collins wrote in an accompanying note.

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.

Another plan which Facebook never put into practice was outlined by Mark Zuckerberg in an email in October 2012, where he suggests charging developers "a lot of money - perhaps on the order of $0.10 per user per year" - for access.

Within the emails are several examples of external companies begging Facebook not to remove user data permissions for their products - perhaps the most prominent victim of which is Twitter and its now-defunct Vine social video app.

In one exchange from 2012, when Mr Zuckerberg discussed charging developers for access to user data and persuading them to share their data with the social network, he wrote: "It's not good for us unless people also share back to Facebook and that content increases the value of our network".

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

Facebook's seized files published by MPs
U.K. releases Facebook emails about data privacy

The release of the internal documents adds to Facebook's challenges as it wrestles with issues as varied as how it enabled the spread of misinformation and whether it properly safeguarded the data of its users.

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]". Zuckerberg mentioned companies like Path and Pinterest, rival social networks that could use the developer access to run it out of business. Rather than letting devs pay a one time fee to fetch data, we could effectively do this by mandating that devs must keep data fresh and update their data each month for anything they call.

The committee's seizure of the documents, which were under seal by a court in the United States, came after the CEO of Six4Three, Theodore Kramer, was threatened with arrest while on a business trip to London if he didn't hand over the material.

In Britain, Zuckerberg and his leadership team are under fierce scrutiny since revelations that one developer, Cambridge Analytica, allegedly abused access to information about up to 87 million people on Facebook.

Facebook did give preferred access to certain companies like Netflix, which was "whitelisted" to use data not available to everyone.

This echoes the accusation made by app developer Six4Three, from whom the documents were seized.

Netflix, Airbnb, Lyft and Badoo did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Facebook planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was happening.

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