MPs release secret documents showing Facebook targeted rivals

MPs release secret documents showing Facebook targeted rivals

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.

The British Parliament on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook documents, which it took possession of amid a larger inquiry into Cambridge Analytica, a firm that used Facebook data to profile users for political purposes.

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"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".

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. It's suing Facebook over a change to the social network's privacy policies in 2015 that led Six4Three to shut down its app, Pikinis.

They were reportedly taken using an obscure legal power when the boss of United States software company Six4Three - which is involved in court action against Facebook in the U.S. - came to the UK on a business trip. "We don't feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents".

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Facebook is accused of using this data to assess "not just how many people had downloaded apps, but how often they used them". Damien Geradin, a Brussels-based lawyer at Euclid Law, said the refusal of access to Vine data could be seen as a "potential refusal to deal" with rivals, "but you would need to show that Facebook" is essential to users and it is "not clear it is".

"As we've said many times, Six4Three - creators of the Pikinis app - cherrypicked these documents from years ago as part of a lawsuit to force Facebook to share information on friends of the app's users".

Zuckerberg in 2012 underestimated how much giving developers access to data could be a risk.

"Like any business, we had many internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform", Facebook said. "We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends' data with developers".

The summary said the documents also show Facebook knew that an update to its Android mobile app phone system - which enabled the Facebook app to collect user call logs - would be controversial.

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 USA court order.

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