Facebook gave Netflix and Airbnb preferential data access to data, documents reveal

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A United Kingdom parliamentary committee has published 250 pages worth of Facebook documents, including emails sent between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc. attends the Viva Tech start-up and technology gathering at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris.

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.

According to a just-published Washington Post report, Facebook is being accused of giving "select companies preferential access to valuable user data", possibly without the users' consent.

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

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.

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Facebook touted itself as championing privacy four years ago when it chose to restrict outsider developers' access to data about its users' friends.

The data-hungry mammoth wanted to know how people used their mobile phones, so it changed Facebook's mobile app to enable it to harvest more information from devices it was installed on.

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

In January 2013, Facebook VP Justin Osofsky emailed Zuckerberg about the now-defunct social media app Vine, suggesting that Facebook "shut down their friends API access". With regards to Onavo, Facebook argues "we've always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used, including by Facebook".

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

A spokesman for Facebook was unable to immediately comment.

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