Sensitive internal Facebook documents published by UK Parliament

Sensitive internal Facebook documents published by UK Parliament

Six4Three's founder, Ted Kramer, had obtained them as part of a legal discovery process in a USA lawsuit against Facebook that his company has brought against the social network in California.

They include emails sent to and from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior Facebook executives.

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

The memo noted that Facebook whitelisted certain apps, so that even after it changed its privacy policy in 2014/2015, some developers were still able to access data belonging to their users' friends.

The documents were seized in November in an unusually aggressive step by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee.

In response, Facebook has said that the documents had been presented in a "very misleading manner" and required additional context.

Collins notes that a recurring theme in the 250-page cache of documents is that Facebook pushed the "idea of linking access to friends data to the financial value of the developers' relationship with Facebook".

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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.

-Facebook used Onavo (an Israeli analytics company it bought in 2013) to check customers' usage of mobile apps without their knowledge. "We've prepared reactive PR, and I will let Jana know our decision".

"We don't feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents", said Collins in a Twitter post accompanying the published emails.

"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".

"We've prepared reactive PR", Osofsky wrote, to which Zuckerberg replied, "Yup, go for it".

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but has disputed such allegations in the past.

The social media behemoth launched a public campaign in 2014 aimed at easing user concerns about data breaches.

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