250 pages of internal Facebook files were just dumped online—here are the 6 key takeaways

250 pages of internal Facebook files were just dumped online—here are the 6 key takeaways

How did they get them? The files were seized by UK authorities just over a week ago when Ted Kramer, founder of US software firm Six4Three, was in London. Kramer has been in a legal battle with Facebook since 2015 over developer access to user data.

Don’t forget: It’s all about apps hosted on Facebook’s platform and their access to friends’ data, an especially important topic in the light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year.

 Here are the six main things we’ve learned from the files:

—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. “It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not,” said Damian Collins, a member of Parliament and committee chair.

—Facebook aggressively tried to shut down the competition. When Twitter launched the six-second-video-clip platform Vine, Zuckerberg approved revoking its access to Facebook’s API. Read more