The troubled leader of Facebook is seen in the documents, which include emails, meeting summaries, webchats, and more, as finding ways to tap Facebook’s treasure trove of user data as leverage over companies partnered with the social media giant.
The stash of info seems to show that Facebook would reward favored companies by giving them user data access and in some cases denied access. In one 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, it cut off access to user data to a messenger app that got too popular. The internal documents show that this all happened as Facebook was publicly framing the moves to make it look like they were protecting user privacy.
Facebook was not happy that NBC contacted them about the information, as the documents stemmed from a lawsuit brought by Six4Three. The social media giant has now reached out to the judge in the case about the leak. The documents show the used of data as leverage was the brain child of Mark Zuckerberg.