Lawmakers Say Facebook Struck Deals Over Personal Data

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

UK parliament releases internal Facebook documents

Facebook also took an "aggressive" position when dealing with rival apps, Collins said, by denying them access to data that meant that businesses would fail.

"Bulls & Bears" panel on how court documents revealed that Facebook considered charging companies for personal user data.

"As we've said many times, the documents Six4Three gathered for their baseless case are only part of the story and are presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context", said a spokeswoman for the company in a statement.

Facebook gave certain companies like Lyft, Netflix and Airbnb preferential treatment by allowing them to access users' data, according to a massive trove of secret documents and emails released by a British parliamentary committee on Wednesday.

The documents show an exchange between Zuckerberg and senior executive Justin Osofsky in 2013, in which they made a decision to stop giving friends' data access to Vine on the day that social media rival Twitter launched the video-sharing service. The engineer suggested shutting down Vine's access to the friends feature, to which Zuckerberg replied, "Yup, go for it". "Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform".

Collins said last week that he would release the emails and that he was free under United Kingdom law to do so. Unlike other email exchanges about user data sales and API changes that would ensure data reciprocity between developers and Facebook itself, there is no evidence that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was aware of this particular issue.

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

A spokesman for Facebook was unable to immediately comment.

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

The documents were seized when the boss of a USA software company visited the UK.

In the summary of findings, Damian Collins, chairman of the British Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that investigated Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal earlier this year, promptly calls out the social network's data privacy practices.

Facebook wants the laptop to be evaluated to determine what happened in the United Kingdom, to what extent the court order was breached, and how much of its confidential information has been divulged to the committee.

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