Leaked documents: Mark Zuckerberg used Facebook user data to make deals with 3rd parties

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Mark Zuckerberg made a lengthy blog post outlining how Facebook would be pivoting the platform to concentrate on user privacy.

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook seem to be raising more questions than they are able to answer. The company has faced the U.S. Congress to address privacy concerns and have also been questioned about promoting fake news on the platform.

Mark Zuckerberg made a lengthy blog post outlining how Facebook would be pivoting the platform to concentrate on user privacy. Now, leaked documents sent to NBC News show that Zuckerberg and other senior executives had been leveraging user data to make deals with 3rd parties.

Facebook CEO Mark 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, according to about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents largely spanning 2011 to 2015 and obtained by NBC News.

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NBC News says the documents include emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets, and meeting summaries. The documents reveal that Zuckerberg and his management team discovered methods to use Facebook’s vast database of user information. The documents show that Zuckerberg and senior executives, including Sheryl Sandberg, used the data to leverage against companies it partnered with.

In some cases, Facebook would reward favored 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.

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. In another case, Facebook discussed cutting off access to user data for a messaging app that had grown too popular and was viewed as a competitor, according to the documents.

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This news is explosive in many ways and could prompt users to leave the social network. NBC’s entire report can be read at the source link below.

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 Source: NBC News

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