United Kingdom lawmakers just released a trove of Facebook emails

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers his speech during the Viva Tech trade fair in Paris

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook's thoughts about its competitors and potential rivals can also be seen in the internal emails, an approach which Collins labels "aggressive".

The cache was seized in November as part of a fake news enquiry and have now been published on the parliament website.

A United Kingdom parliamentary committee has published 250 pages worth of Facebook documents, including emails sent between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives. They include emails sent to and from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other senior Facebook executives.

In yet another email, Zuckerberg personally approved Facebook cutting off Twitter-owned video service Vine from accessing certain friend data.

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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.

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.

Facebook has been keen to keep the documents out of the public realm - they are also now held under seal by a court in California - but last week Collins said Parliament would publish them if it felt it was in the public interest to do so. The social network itself received data about how people were using third party apps in return. "It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not", the summary states. He'd obtained the documents after compelling the founder of US software company Six4Three to hand them over during a business trip to London.

"Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform", Facebook said in an emailed statement.

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Facebook's director of developer platforms and programs Konstantinos Papamiltiadis told AFP last week that the company "has never sold anyone's data".

But the documents also show discussions about giving special friend list access to particular companies, including Airbnb and Netflix, after it was no longer available by default to most developers.

Facebook knew collecting call records and text message history was sensitive, but did it anyway, according to leaked emails.

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.

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Facebook wants the laptop to be evaluated to determine what happened in the United Kingdom, to what extent the court order was breached, and how much of its confidential information has been divulged to the committee.

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