Another week, another set of reminders, like Facebook, like a company that is "optimistic" to connect to the world and help users, the reality is very different. This week, these reminders bring together newly released documents, which companies have accepted a large number of functions and policies, although in these options users could damage and hinder innovation.
Yesterday, a member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom published internal trove of documents From Facebook, a question raised by a Six4Three company. E-mail, notes and slides are clear about Facebook's private behavior before, during and during events Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Here are some documents with some 250 pages on the page.
Facebook uses a new Android update in more ways than ever to penetrate your private life
There are some internal discussions that include the document Facebook Messenger deletes Android phone calls and text message history. A user who discovered what Messenger was doing last spring reported the Cambridge Cambridge Analytics news. Facebook has given a response "Be check" press release Messenger never received these data without the user's consent.
In the new apparent document of 2015, HoweverFacebook employees are trying to discuss users' updating to a newer version of Messenger and an invasive version because they do not "depend on the Android Authorization dialog", even though they know that the capabilities of this app appear to be "pretty high" from the PR's perspective ".
This reminds us of the unauthorized information of the phone number and contact information users first research and research to show it The misuse of user-authentication phone numbers in two-way users is a targeted advertising on Facebook. An inadequate mention of using call history and text message information to inform about PYMK is not what it is, or People you knowSuggest a friend's feature.
"I think we look at the development of information"
The main theme of the documents is that Facebook chose the other users who chose to use their user data. Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged access to Facebook at the beginning, it seemed to be very valuable to other companies, and they decided to use Facebook's leadership to serve this value.
A small context: In 2010, Facebook launched a 1.0 graphical API, very powerful and optimisticTool tools could be used by third-party developers to obtain user-friendly information about their applications and her friends.
Dozens of emails show how the company discussed the money they made to gain access to these data. Business executives proposed some schemes, for charging certain developers to request access to the user "[Facebook] It does not share data "spend a certain amount of money a year on the Facebook platform or data access.
NEKO is an acronym for the app-install ad system of its mobile devices.
The needs of the users were lower. For a moment, in November 2012, in the email, a worker referred to the "responsibility" risk, such as those who have open access to powerful information.
Obviously, two years later, the "leak" occurred specifically: a shadowy "survey" was able to access data of about 50 million people. It's sold to Cambridge Analytics.
"Common lists" and access to user data
In 2015, especially in response to concerns about privacy, Facebook moved to a more restricted API 2.0 graphical version. This version is harder to get users data.
However, the documents suggest that some companies "have a whitish list" and have continued to receive private access to the user after the API, without having to make an announcement to the users, or have transparent criteria that companies have to have white list.
Companies with "white list" access to better data for "APPLICATION" have been like Netflix, AirBnB, Lyft and Bumble, as well as dating service Badoo and Spin-off Hot or Not.
Most of the small apps, as well as the largest companies like Ticketmaster, have been denied access.
User data As opposed to collar collar
When the API is modified before and after, the document indicates that the company deliberately supplied or withdrawn access data to undermine its competitors. In an interview on January 2013, 2013, an employee launched Twitter's grape app, which used the Facebook Friends API. The employee proposed to suspend the "access to the table". Mark Zuckerbergen's answer?
"Yup, go away".
Important internal emails Facebook refers to the "reciprocity of data": that is, applications that use data from Facebook required users to share these data to Facebook. This is Ironia, after accepting Facebook's list of user-driven contacts to stop backward access. Using the Gmail contact export feature to regulate the initial growth.
In an email on November 19, 2012, Zuckerberg determined the thinking of the company:
It's not surprising that the company would give priority to what it would have gained is there Facebook is a problem that is affected by the rights and frustrated users. And while Facebook asked for its reciprocity with its developers, it denied access to competitors.
Fake user safety to expand competitors
Facebook bought the VPN application "safe" in Onavo Protect in the autumn of 2013. The app was sponsored by users while they looked at their website, but it seems Facebook used to collect all the data on all the applications. The user's smartphone immediately began mining on the edge of the competition. The slides that have been released again suggest that the social network of windows used by Onavo Facebook, including Twitter, Desktop and Path, as well as new markets like India, are suggested.
A "very confidential" slide, showing Onavo statistics with the most important applications.
In August, Apple Finally, Onavo is forbidden Collect these data because it violates its Terms of Service. These documents suggest that the Facebook application collects and uses strategic decisions from the beginning.
Everything but literally selling your data
In response to the documents in various Facebook press statements also Mark Zuckerbergen's own letter on Facebook Defend back with the company, "We have never sold any data."
This defense fails because the main issue does not deal with it. Surely, Facebook does not sell user data directly for advertisers. It does not. Facebook has tried to access and exchange information with other users. An important example of other documents, Facebook offered a privileged Tinder access in the API transition to the use of trademarks called Tinder's "Moments". And, of course, Facebook keeps the lights in order to get special attention. Target advertising spot shape.
It does not matter how Zuckerberg slaps it, your data is in the midst of Facebook's business. Based on these documents, Facebook has extracted as much data as possible The "reciprocity" agreements with other applications, and shared it for users without regard to the consequences. Then, after deleting the API data permissions, the company used privileged access to user data, as a lever Get what you want from other companies or as An anti-competitive weapon. You are the most valuable product on Facebook and you've always been.