Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Facebook once considered selling user data directly

Facebook once considered selling user data directly

Facebook considered selling user data to developers despite previous pledges not to do so, it has been claimed.

Ted Kramer, the head of an app company suing the social network, was last week ordered to hand over internal Facebook emails by Damian Collins, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee.

San Francisco politician Aaron Peskin reportedly asked the city attorney November 27 to provide an outline on how to remove Mr. Zuckerberg's name from the hospital and to revisit the city's policy on offering naming rights in exchange for gifts, according to documents obtained by Business Insider.

E-mails in the confiscated documents indicate that the company headed by Zuckerberg was trying to monetize its users' data and the employees discussed forcing advertisers to pay more money in return for more user data.

The report claims that in one email, an unnamed Facebook employee suggested shutting down companies' access to data "in one-go to all apps that don't spend... at least $250k a year to maintain access to the data".

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The Journal points to 2013 discussions with Amazon, whereby Facebook says it will soon provide the retailer with less access to user data unless it can have a "strategic conversation in the context of the broader deal discussions".

"Evidence has been sealed by a California court so we are not able to disprove every false accusation", Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook's director of developer platforms and programs, said in a statement.

It claims the documents are from the cache of files U.S. software company Six4Three gathered as part of a legal case against the social network, copies of which have also since been seized by a House of Commons committee.

Internal emails revealed by a lawsuit filed against the network in 2015 showed Facebook mulled charging companies for access to user data.

Facebook has modified app data sharing policies since the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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