Facebook’s leaders seriously discussed selling access to user data — and privacy was an afterthought.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data, according to about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents largely spanning 2011 to 2015 and obtained by NBC News.
The documents, which include emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries, show how Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook’s trove of user data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over companies it partnered with.
In some cases, Facebook would reward favored companies by giving them access to the data of its users. In other cases, it would deny user-data access to rival companies or apps….All the while, Facebook was formulating a strategy to publicly frame these moves as a way of protecting user privacy…
Zuckerberg’s fall from grace continues, and it is the MSM driving most of the coverage. Makes me wonder if he crossed the wrong person in his empire building. Wasn’t that long ago the media thought he could do no wrong.