LONDON – Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg pushed back against emails showing the social media giant offering Netflix and other popular apps preferential access to people’s data even after it had tightened its privacy rules.
A British parliamentary committee is investigating whether the social media giant was being used to manipulate results of elections, they published 250 pages of internal Facebook documents earlier on Wednesday.
The data showed that executives holding discussions about big online streaming companies such as Netflix were given preferential access to user data, despite after Facebook tightening privacy rules in 2014-15.
Zuckerberg said he was writing because he did not want the emails to “misrepresent our actions or motives”, but the email exchange in 2012 thought of the idea to sell user information to developers.
“Like any organisation, we had a lot of internal discussion and people raised different ideas,” Zuckerberg said in a message posted on Facebook.
“Ultimately, we decided on a model where we continued to provide the developer platform for free and developers could choose to buy ads if they wanted,” Zuckerberg wrote.
But he added: “To be clear, that’s different from selling people’s data. We’ve never sold anyone’s data.”
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