Facebook Struck Deals Over Data and Burnt Rivals, Say Lawmakers

Facebook Struck Deals Over Data and Burnt Rivals, Say Lawmakers

Dating app Badoo and ride-hailing app Lyft were among other companies "whitelisted" for access to data about users' friends, the documents showed.

Included in the confidential emails released by the Parliament's media committee was information showing that Facebook used an Israeli app it had acquired to monitor users' iPhone usage, using that information to identify competitors.

By sending all internet use by apps on users' iPhones via Facebook's servers the company was able to identify popular apps, the UK Guardian newspaper reported. "It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not", the summary states.

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

Facebook weighed charging other apps for access to its developer tools, including the friends lists, if they did not buy a certain amount of advertising from Facebook, according to the emails.

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The MPs left an empty for the social network's founder Mark Zuckerberg when he refused to appear at an evidence session in Westminster.

The increased exposure of private data generated more revenue for app developers, and this outcome was the key driver behind the changes made by Facebook. 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.

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

Facebook, which has described the Six4Three case as baseless, said the released communications are misleading, saying the app maker had "cherrypicked these documents from years ago as part of a lawsuit to force Facebook to share information on friends of the app's users".

"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. "Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform". "We've never sold people's data". "I understand there is a lot of scrutiny on how we run our systems", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a supporting post. The good news about full reciprocity [where apps let users share their activity back to Facebook] is that for bigger social companies we might otherwise be anxious about, if they're enabling their users to push all of their social content back into Facebook then we're probably fine with them.