Facebook accused of using people’s data to favour certain partners

The allegation has been made by a British parliamentary committee that is investigating online misinformation

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Dec 6, 2018 9:11 AM Updated: Dec 6, 2018 9:11 AM
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Facebook has been accused of using user data to favour certain partners by giving them access to its platform while cutting off others. This was claimed by a British parliamentary committee that is investigating online misinformation, according to media reports.

The reports claim that the committee released internal Facebook emails and other documents to establish the charge. The documents pertains to the period from 2012 to 2015.

The documents reportedly show that Facebook treated data as the company’s “most valuable resource” and used it for its advantage. It has been claimed that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg were involved in such decisions.

The release of the internal documents will add to Facebook’s woes. The social media giant is already grappling with issues of privacy and spread of misinformation. 

Facebook, meanwhile, issued a statement, saying that the documents had been selectively chosen to be embarrassing and misleading as part of a “baseless” lawsuit. 

“Like any business, we had many internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform,” media reports quoted the company as saying. “But the facts are clear: We’ve never sold people’s data.”

Zuckerberg posted his response on Facebook, saying the company had limited its access to certain apps and made other changes to prevent abuse of its platform.
 

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