You Should #DeleteFacebook Because Zuckerberg And Associates Used Facebook Data To Punish Rivals And To Help Their Friends

Mark Zuckerberg has some explaining to do as Facebook’s executive team, including Zuckerberg himself, used the data of Facebook users as leverage over partner companies, according to leaked emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets, and more 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.

For example, Facebook gave Amazon extended access to user data because it was spending money on Facebook advertising and partnering with the social network on the launch of its Fire smartphone. In another case, Facebook discussed cutting off access to user data for a messaging app that had grown too popular and was viewed as a competitor, according to the documents.

All the while, Facebook was formulating a strategy to publicly frame these moves as a way of protecting user privacy.

Quite frankly this is above and beyond anything that we’ve heard to date about how this company handles data. Which is badly in the best case scenario. But clearly this is not the best case scenario. If this doesn’t get the attention of governments around the planet to finally smack this company down and to restrict its activities . Nothing will. I say that because clearly Facebook needs to be held fully accountable for this.

Speaking of Facebook, when they were asked for comment by NBC News, the company tried to spin this away. But no amount of spin will make this fact go away. Which is that everyone, everywhere needs to #DeleteFacebook as the company simply cannot be trusted.


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