According to a report from a reputed journal, Facebook deemed of charging companies for accessing user data a few years back, by mentioning about the internal Facebook emails in an unorganized court document.
Facebook employees also debated on reassuring advertisers to spend more money on the service in return for improved access to user information, as it has been displayed in the document.
Following, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, while giving testament before Congress in April about the company’s data managing practices, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that his company doesn’t sell data and it’s not the way advertising works.
Facebook mentioned that the discussions involved within the emails were from years back and that the company eventually determined against charging for access to user data. The company stated that the documents are being showed in a deceptive way, without frame of reference.
Facebook’s director of developer platforms and programs, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, in a statement stated that as the proofs has been locked by a California court so they won’t be able to refute every false accusation. He added that the company stands by the platform changes brought in 2015 to prevent any individual from sharing the data of their friends with developers. The short-term addition allowed during the platform transformation was to avert the changes from breaking user experience. He further stated that to be frank, Facebook didn’t sell anyone’s data. Facebook’s API has always been free of charge and the company has never needed developers to pay anything in order to use it either directly or by buying advertising.
The emails are allegedly included in a cache of internal Facebook documents confiscated recently by a representative of the UK Parliament. The confiscated documents were acquired during the discovery process in a lawsuit filed by obsolete app maker Six4Three that claims Facebook generated privacy loopholes which allowed Cambridge Analytica to gain Facebook user data.