Publicado: Jue, Diciembre 06, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Sensitive internal Facebook documents published by UK Parliament

Sensitive internal Facebook documents published by UK Parliament

The documents, which had been sealed by a California court, led lawmakers to conclude that Facebook undertook deals with third party apps that continued to allow access to personal data.

Even after Facebook agreed to restrict access to user data, the social media giant gave certain companies special access to that data, according to a trove of documents released by a British parliamentary committee Wednesday.

Not all of the documents seized by the committee investigating fake news have been published.

In a 2012 email, Zuckerberg suggested making Facebook login and posting content on the platform free while charging "a lot of money" to read user data, like friend information, from the network. "I think we leak info to developers, but I just can't think of any instances where that data has leaked from developer to developer and caused real issue for us", chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in 2012, describing nearly exactly the kind of behaviour that would lead to the Cambridge Analytica scandal years later.

The documents show an exchange between Zuckerberg and senior executive Justin Osofsky in 2013, in which they chose to stop giving friends' list access to Vine on the day that social media rival Twitter Inc launched the video-sharing service.

Committee chair Damian Collins said it was not clear from the private exchanges between Facebook and app developers whether users were aware that their friends list and other private information was being used.

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-Facebook found ways to access users' call history without alerting them, in order to make "People You May Know" suggestions and tweak newsfeed rankings. He explained his rationale for releasing the emails in a tweet: "We don't feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents".

The committee received the documents from app developer Six4Three, which had acquired the files dating from 2013-2014, as part of a US lawsuit against the social media giant. The idea of tying access to this data to the developer's relationship with Facebook is a recurring feature throughout the documents.

The internal emails also detail discussions regarding the collection of call and text logs from Android users.

Facebook's director of developer platforms and programs Konstantinos Papamiltiadis told AFP last week that the company "has never sold anyone's data".

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.

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