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

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

The British Parliament on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook documents, which it took possession of amid a larger inquiry into Cambridge Analytica, a firm that used Facebook data to profile users for political purposes.

The summary of the committee's key issues pertaining to the documents said the documents also show Facebook knew that an update to its Android mobile app phone system - which enabled the Facebook app to collect user call logs - would be controversial.

Mr Collins alleged that Facebook maintained "whitelisting agreements" which gave select companies preferential access to valuable user data.

The cache was seized in November as part of a fake news enquiry and have now been published on the parliament website.

In a response posted on its blog, Facebook said that whitelists are a common part of testing new features with a limited group of partners before a broader rollout. Facebook then used this data to influence their purchases of third-party companies. "This was not friends' private information but a list of your friends (name and profile pic)".

"We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends' data with developers", said Facebook's spokeswoman. "Sometimes the best way to enable people to share something is to have a developer build a special objective app or network for that type of content and to make that app social by having Facebook plug into it".

A January 2013 email in the documents from Justin Osofsky, currently Facebook's vice president for global operations and media partnerships, notes that Twitter had just launched Vine, its now-discontinued short-video service, which was allowing their users to find friends via Facebook.

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

The MPs left an empty for the social network's founder Mark Zuckerberg when he refused to appear at an evidence session in Westminster.

"Unless anyone raises objections, we will shut down their friends API access today".

Lyft wanted to show carpool riders their mutual friends as an "ice breaker", even if those friends were not using Lyft, according to one email.

The parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee received the documents from app developer Six4Three, which had acquired the files dating from 2013-2015, as part of a United States lawsuit against the social media giant. "The set of documents, by design, tells only one side of the story and omits important context".

Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.

Facebook has been keen to keep the documents out of the public realm - they are also now held under seal by a court in California - but last week Collins said Parliament would publish them if it felt it was in the public interest to do so.

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