Facebook emails say it collected call records, knowing it was 'high-risk'

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

Collins also alleged that Facebook took aggressive positions against competitor apps by denying them access to any user data.

-Facebook "whitelisted" certain companies, meaning that they still had full access to users' friends data after platform changes in 2014/15, including Airbnb, Netflix, and Badoo.

A United Kingdom parliamentary committee released a series of documents today which reveal, among other things, that Facebook knew triggering an Android permissions dialog during an app update that would collect SMS and call logs would lead to "bad PR" and allegedly attempted to circumvent the process in order to make it hard for Android users to discover the new behavior.

In yet another email, Zuckerberg personally approved Facebook cutting off Twitter-owned video service Vine from accessing certain friend data. "We've prepared reactive PR, and I will let Jana know our decision".

Committee chair Damian Collins said it was not clear from the private exchanges between Facebook and app developers whether users were aware that their friends list and other private information was being used. "Based on their initial testing, it seems that this would allow us to upgrade users without subjecting them to an Android permissions dialogue at all", Yul Kwon, a Facebook developer, wrote.

"We don't feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents", Collins tweeted.

Six4Three's founder, Ted Kramer, had obtained them as part of a legal discovery process in a USA lawsuit against Facebook that his company has brought against the social network in California.

"Like any business, we had many internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform".

Parliament seized the documents from now defunct app developer Six4Three at the end of November during a trip by the company's founder to London. "We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends' data with developers". The idea of tying access to this data to the developer's relationship with Facebook is a recurring feature throughout the documents.

In one email, dated February 4, 2015, a Facebook engineer said a feature of the Android Facebook app that would "continually upload" a user's call and SMS history would be a "high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective".

The documents had been sealed by a California court.

"For most developers, we also limited their ability to request a list of who someone's friends were, unless those friends were also using the developer's app".

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