The biggest takeaways from the huge trove of Facebook emails that just leaked
Rob Price,Shona Ghosh,Isobel Asher HamiltonDec 6, 2018, 00:41 IST
Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users' data by a political consultancy, in Brussels, Belgium May 22, 2018.
The UK Parliament published a trove of top-secret Facebook executive emails on Wednesday.
The hundreds of pages of documents provide an unprecedented window into Facebook leadership's approach to competition and growth.
Read the key takeaways from the documents below.
Britain's Parliament has just given the world an unprecedented look at the ruthless tactics of Facebook's executive team.
On Wednesday, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published leaked emails from the Silicon Valley tech giant's leadership team that had been obtained by Six4Three, an app developer currently locked in a legal battle with Facebook after it blocked its bikini photo app. Advertisement
They provide a unique window into how Facebook's senior leaders privately discussed strategy and competition at a period of intense growth for the company, which has since been bogged down by numerous scandals and flatlining user numbers in key markets.
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From Facebook's attempts to kneecap "strategic competitors" to CEO Mark Zuckerberg writing that Facebook's interests don't always match up with what's best for the "world," here are some of the key takeaways from the documents.
1. Facebook had a list of "strategic competitors" that it restricted access to.
2. Mark Zuckerberg personally approved Facebook's decision to cut off social network Vine's data.
3. Facebook tried to figure out how to grab users' call data without asking permission.
4. Certain key apps were white-listed and given greater access to user data even after a broader clampdown.
5. Mark Zuckerberg privately admitted that what's good for the world isn't necessarily what's good for Facebook.
6. Mark Zuckerberg suggested users' data was worth 10 cents a year.