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Document dump shows Facebook gave companies special access to data

December 05, 2018 - 12:25 pm

LONDON (1010 WINS) -- Facebook gave certain companies special access to users' data, according to documents released by British Parliament on Wednesday.

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Wednesday's document dump showed that the social media giant gave the special access to Airbnb, Lyft, and Netflix, The New York Times reports.

The Times reports, the documents come from the years 2012 to 2015, when Facebook was experiencing explosive growth and trying to manage 'mountains of data' that it had on users.

According to the report, the committee said the documents showed Facebook allowed select companies to access data that was restricted from others.

Emails also show that Facebook mulled blocking access to competitors and giving some app developers more access to its data.

Facebook released a statement saying the documents had not been presented out of context.

“Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform,” Facebook said. ”But the facts are clear: we’ve never sold people’s data.”