Facebook's secret documents seized by Parliament are published by MPs

Founder Facebook’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg

The documents didn't reveal what policy Facebook used to decide which firms were worthy of the privilege and which were not.

The MPs left an empty for the social network's founder Mark Zuckerberg when he refused to appear at an evidence session in Westminster.

UK Parliament published excerpts from sensitive internal Facebook documents on Wednesday as part of its investigation into fake news and the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. He'd obtained the documents after compelling the founder of US software company Six4Three to hand them over during a business trip to London.

Facebook granted some tech firms full access to its user data as it sought to cultivate lucrative business ties with them - long after it said it was dropping the practice because of privacy concerns, according to an explosive cache of secret documents and emails. The accusation comes from key British lawmaker Damian Collins, chairman of the British Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

Kramer was ordered by a judge on Friday to surrender his laptop to a forensic expert after admitting he turned over the documents to the British lawmakers, in violation of a USA court order.

In response, Facebook has said that the documents had been presented in a "very misleading manner" and required additional context.

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Facebook had been aware that an update to its Android app that let it collect records of users' calls and texts would be controversial.

Mr Collins alleged that Facebook maintained "whitelisting agreements" which gave select companies preferential access to valuable user data.

Facebook is accused of using this data to assess "not just how many people had downloaded apps, but how often they used them".

The documents, which had been sealed by a California court, led lawmakers to conclude that Facebook undertook deals with third party apps that continued to allow access to personal data. "Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform".

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