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

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

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. 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.

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.

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".

The documents show an exchange between Zuckerberg and senior executive Justin Osofsky in 2013, in which they chose to stop giving friends' data access to Vine on the day that social media rival Twitter launched the video-sharing service.

The company also apparently collected data about app use by phone users - apparently without their knowledge - to determine who its biggest rivals were and which companies it should aim to acquire.

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. "We've prepared reactive PR, and I will let Jana know our decision".

"Yup, go for it", Zuckerberg responded.

"We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends' data with developers", said a spokeswoman. "The set of documents, by design, tells only one side of the story and omits important context".

The committee chair, Damian Collins MP, tweeted: "We don't feel we have had straight answers from Facebook. which is why we're releasing the documents".

Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.

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



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