Internal workings of Facebook released in UK parliament
The internal workings of Facebook have been revealed after the UK parliament released 250 pages of internal documents from the controversial company.
The files show a range of discussions from inside Facebook, including suggestions that it could one day charge developers for access to its data about users.
It comes as the company is hit by a range of scandals about how Facebook uses the vast array of personal data it collects about its users.
The Independent reports that the documents were released by parliament’s media committee, which is running an investigation into those scandals and Facebook more generally. The documents are files seized from a now-defunct bikini photo searching app as part of that investigation.
They show that Facebook deeply considered the issues that would go on to produce a range of scandals, including the Cambridge Analytica affair.
In a summary of the 250-page cache, which includes internal emails involving Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and other members of staff, Mr Collins highlighted a number of “key issues”.
He claims the documents show Facebook chose to “whitelist” selected companies, allowing them to maintain “full access” to the data of a user’s Facebook friends even after the company announced changes in 2015 to end such access.
Mr Collins suggests the cache also shows Facebook regularly discussed the value of data on the platform, saying: “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.”