Internal Facebook e-mails reveal how it gave others special access to user data

As reported by CNBC, Damian Collins, a British MP, released confidential internal Facebook e-mails revealing discussions of payments for user data from certain companies, including Netflix and Airbnb. The e-mails detail the exchanges between Facebook’s chiefs regarding the threat of competitors, how to handle user data, and the possibility of major changes in the business model of the company. The BBC also reported that ‘the emails showed the firm had also sought to make it difficult for users to know about privacy changes, and had surreptitiously studied smartphone users’ habits to identify and tackle rival apps’.