Huge revelation in Report – Facebook explored plans to sell users’ data

The documents which were scanned included emails, web chats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries.

As per a leaked data, NBC News reported, that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg had discussed years plans to sell access users’ data to fight rivals.

“Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data,” the report said, an assessment which was made after scanning about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents.

“In some cases, Facebook would reward favoured companies by giving them access to the data of its users. In other cases, it would deny user-data access to rival companies or apps,” the report further added.

The documents which were scanned included emails, web chats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries.

As per the report: “For example, Facebook gave Amazon extended access to user data because it was spending money on Facebook advertising and partnering with the social network on the launch of its Fire smartphone.”

The social media giant, has, however, refused to give preferential treatment to developers or the different partners based on their ad spending or relationship with executives. If the good folks in the New York Times are to be believed,

Facebook, for the first time, allowed big players like Netflix or Spotify access to its users’ personal information. However, the company has sidestepped from this allegation and said that users’ privacy remains important for them.

Also, Ime Archibong, who is the Vice President of Product Partnerships said that although Facebook did work closely with four partners in order to integrate messaging capabilities into their products provided they choose to login via Facebook.

“People could message their friends about what they were listening to on Spotify or watching on Netflix, share folders on Dropbox, or get receipts from money transfers through the Royal Bank of Canada app.

“These experiences were publicly discussed. And they were clear to users and only available when people logged into these services with Facebook. However, they were experimental and have now been shut down for nearly three years,” said Archibong.

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1 comment

oprol evorter May 11, 2019 at 7:12 pm

Very interesting topic, thank you for posting.


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