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Confidential Facebook emails reveal how user data was handled



Confidential Facebook emails reveal how user data was handled


That correspondence includes messages from the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

A British Parliament committee investigating the spread of fake news released internal emails from the social network Facebook that reveal details about the management of user data by the American company.

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That correspondence includes messages from company CEO Mark Zuckerberg, some of them marked as “confidential”.

The Conservative MP Damian Collins, who chairs the parliamentary committee on Digital Affairs, Culture, Media and Sports, He underlined in a letter that the emails reveal that Facebook allowed some companies to maintain “full access” to the information of each user’s friends after 2014.

“It is not clear that there was any consent from the user for this”Collins stressed.

The messages further indicate that Facebook knew that an update to its Android phone app that allowed it to collect call and message details from users could be controversial.

“To mitigate any bad publicity, Facebook planned to make it as difficult as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features” of the app, Collins said.

Messages between Zuckerberg and the vice president of the firm Justin Osofsky They also suggest that in 2013 the social network blocked access to some rival companies, such as Twitter, to the protocols that allowed interaction between their systems.

The emails have been provided by the software company Six4Three, who obtained them in a judicial process against Facebook.

A spokesperson for the social network denied, for his part, any malpractice on the part of the company.

“As we have said many times, the documents obtained by Six4Three in an unfounded process are only part of the story and are presented in a misleading way, without additional context, “that spokesperson told the media.

“Like any company, we had many internal conversations about the various ways to build a sustainable business model for our platform. But the facts are clear: we have never sold people’s data,” he said.