Mark Zuckerberg Leveraged Facebook User Data to Fight Rivals and Help Friends, Leaked Documents Show

By Christine Zosche 

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. (NBC News)

One Facebook ally, Amazon, received what NBC described as “extended access” to user data after ponying up cash on Facebook ads and partnering up with the social media giant on the launch of a Fire smartphone. An unnamed messaging app, conversely, was seen as a competitor, and therefore cut off from data. (Mediaite)

The documents come from the California lawsuit the app developer company Six4Three has pursued against Facebook for cutting off its access to user data in 2015. (Mashable)