The British Parliament, in its investigation of Facebook’s data harvesting practices, has published a secret batch of documents that many people suspect Mark Zuckerberg would have liked to remain hidden.
The documents were collected by a company suing the social media giant, and a redacted version of the papers has been published live on the website of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which is investigating Facebook’s privacy standards as part of an inquiry into fake news.
Parliament physically seized them a week ago.
They outline a very clear practice of hiding information for profit, and making sure users didn’t understand what they were doing.
- White Lists
Facebook have clearly entered into whitelisting agreements with certain companies, which meant that after the platform changes in 2014/15 they maintained full access to friends data. It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not
- Value of friends data
It is clear that increasing revenues from major app developers was one of the key drivers behind the Platform 3.0 changes at Facebook. The idea of linking access to friends data to the financial value of the developers relationship with Facebook is a recurring feature of the documents.
Data reciprocity between Facebook and app developers was a central feature in the discussions about the launch of Platform 3.0.
Facebook knew that the changes to its policies on the Android mobile phone system, which enabled the Facebook app to collect a record of calls and texts sent by the user would be controversial. 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.
Facebook used Onavo to conduct global surveys of the usage of mobile apps by customers, and apparently without their knowledge. They used this data to assess not just how many people had downloaded apps, but how often they used them. This knowledge helped them to decide which companies to acquire, and which to treat as a threat.
- Targeting competitor Apps
The files show evidence of Facebook taking aggressive positions against apps, with the consequence that denying them access to data led to the failure of that business
Included in the release were a number of emails sent by Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook.
In a few that are particularly damning, which states, “I want to make sure this is explicitly tied to pulling non-app friends out of friends.get.’ (friends information).”
Facebook is in the business of harvesting information to sell to others, and at the same time, controlling the flow of information so that anything that doesn’t adhere to the globalist viewpoint is silenced.
Anyone using it is being used, tracked, and monitored, and it will continue unless something is done to stop it.