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>> Facebook under public scrutiny again after new internal documents that were made public Wednesday, show the social media giant giving special access to user data to other companies like AirBNB, Lyft and Netflix. The documents have been under seal, but the British parliamentary committee investigating Facebook released them, revealing the inner workings of Facebook from about 2012 to 2015.
The committee says the document show Facebook turned over data to select companies while restricting access for others, Reuters tech correspondent, Paresh Dave.>> These documents could add to the ongoing scrutiny on Facebook, especially about its potentially anti-competitive behavior, its privacy practices, its growth hacking tactics, and it's business model.
Facebook has faced scrutiny around the world from lawmakers, regulators and other government bodies. These documents could serve as new evidence for those inquiries.>> The documents were handed over to UK investigators by the founder of a company called Six4Three which sued Facebook. In a statement Facebook called Six4Three's lawsuit, quote, baseless and said the documents are only part of the story and presented in a way that is misleading.
Six4Three developed a now defunct app called Pikinis that could crawl Facebook to find bikini photos of Friends of Pikinis users. Emails that handed over to the UK committee show Facebook debating whether to give firms who advertise on the network more access to data, and shut off access to companies it viewed as competitors.
For example, in an email from early 2013, a Facebook employee recommended cutting off access to Twitter's now defunct Vine app. In response CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, yup, go for it.