Facebook gave preferential access to data to certain companies, documents show

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

The documents are thought to contain emails from Mark Zuckerberg. The defunct app developer obtained them as part of its ongoing lawsuit in California state court alleging that Facebook violated promises to developers.

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

Internal emails at Facebook Inc., including those involving Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, were published online by a committee of United Kingdom lawmakers investigating social media's role in the spread of fake news.

Ted Kramer, the head of an app company Six4Three suing the social network, was last month ordered to hand over internal Facebook emails by Damian Collins, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee.

About 250 pages have been published, some of which are marked "highly confidential".

Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.

In his memo, Collins highlighted what his committee determines to be the six key findings from the documents.

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

In a statement, Facebook said that these documents have been "presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context", and now Zuckerberg himself has weighed in.

Of course data collected through the "thisisyourdigitallife" personality quiz did end up leaking to Cambridge Analytica, and while that data didn't impact Facebook's revenue or competitive edge (at least not directly), it certainly amounted to a "real issue" for Facebook and millions of its users.

"To mitigate any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features of the upgrade of their app", the summary said.

According to Mr Collins' note, Facebook used analytics software to "conduct global surveys of the usage of mobile apps by customers. apparently without their knowledge".

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

"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 the report. The social network itself received data about how people were using third party apps in return.

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