Facebook collected records of users' text and phone calls, secret documents reveal

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2018

Collins has been among leaders of a British inquiry into fake news on social media, one of the many issues that has brought Facebook into the crosshairs of governments in several countries.

The release covers 250 pages including the MPs' summary and exhibits including emails from figures including Mark Zuckerberg and internal Facebook documents.

A California court had ordered that the emails be kept secret as part of the ongoing lawsuit against the social network, but Mr Kramer claims he was given no choice when confronted at his London hotel room by Parliament's Serjeant-at-Arms and threatened with imprisonment.

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

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

Facebook, which has described the Six4Three case as baseless, said the released communications are misleading without additional context, but did not elaborate.

However, the company defends its use of whitelists for specific partners like Lyft and Netflix, arguing "we changed our platform policies in 2014/15 to prevent apps from requesting permission to access friends' private information.in some situations, when necessary, we allowed developers to access a list of the users' friends" but not those friends' private data.


"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". "Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform".

He is also the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that's investigating Facebook.

Collins also alleged that Facebook took aggressive positions against competitor apps by denying them access to any user data.


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 planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was happening.

"Yup, go for it", Zuckerberg responded.

Facebook warned that the cache of documents alone weren't enough on their own to understand the full story of the decisions it made and how they were reached.


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