According to the Wall Street Journal, a few days ago, Facebook was recognized as one of the infringing companies that illegally accesses users' private information. The report was released on Wednesday, quoting emails from inside Facebook, which appeared in unconfirmed court documents.
The emails showed that advertisers were paying more to encourage Facebook to provide more user information. Making money by selling users' private information can be troublesome for a company that has said it has never sold that information.
Mark Zuckerberg, the company's CEO, said during a pre-trial testimony before a congressional hearing in April that Facebook was looking into information provided to Cambridge Analytica.
To put it bluntly, we did not sell user information. Making money through advertising is not like that.
Facebook has announced that the emails in the emails are from years ago, and the company has finally decided against it. The social media giant also said that the cases were published in a completely vague and misleading way:
The documents are kept by a California court, so we should not be held accountable for any wrongdoing.
These are the words of Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, head of platform development and program participation in a statement. He continues in this statement:
In addition to the changes that the platform made in 2015, we banned people from accessing private information about their friends. Any short-term decisions made during this period were intended to prevent problems with the platform's user interface.
Clearly, Facebook has never sold its users' information. Our APIs have always been free and we have never asked developers to use them. Both direct and indirect.
The emails also contained a number of internal Facebook conversations, which had recently been received by the British Parliament, the report said. The cases were filed by Six4Three against Facebook during a lawsuit. The plaintiff claimed that Facebook had provided information to Cambridge Analytics by creating an escape route.
These cases contain many private communications that were exchanged within Facebook and between the company's senior executives. In the meantime, you can also see emails related to Zuckerberg.
A member of parliament said on Tuesday that the emails contained some conversations in which a senior Facebook engineer warned of Russia's significant involvement in the platform in 2014.
Damien Collins, the leader of the Parliamentary Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, said on Tuesday that the British government was likely to present the documents in the coming weeks.Source