Activist Investors File to Oust Mark Zuckerberg as Facebook Chairman

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The documents obtained by NBC include emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets, and meeting summaries which show how Facebook would reward favored companies by giving them greater access to user data.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg supervised proposals to integrate the social network's capacity and regulation candidates by tending its user's statistics as a negotiating chip, while openly indicating to be safeguarding that data, as claimed by about 4,000 pages of emanated company documents predominantly traversing 2011 to 2015.

Companies were also incentivised to share their data with Facebook, while those that did not were shut out and denied access.

Facebook faced scandal after scandal in 2018, from revelations of data misuse by now-defunct data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, to data breaches affecting millions of users, to the spread of fake news around the world, to poor workplace culture.

"As we've said many times, Six4Three - creators of the Pikinis app - cherry picked these documents from years ago as part of a lawsuit to force Facebook to share information on friends of the app's users".

In one of the messages highlighted by NBC, Zuckerberg said that the goal "wouldn't be the deals themselves", but determining "what developers would actually pay" for user data.

Facebook gave Amazon extended access to user data because the latter was spending money on Facebook advertising.

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This news is explosive in many ways and could prompt users to leave the social network.

These new documents show the role that restricting access to data played in burgeoning Facebook's struggling business, after its struggling IPO, and the rise of smartphones caused users to spend less time on Facebook. In the documents, it was rather considered "a public relations strategy to soften the blow of the sweeping changes to developers' access to user data".

An anonymous source leaked the documents to investigative journalist Duncan Campbell, who shared the cache with NBC News, Computer Weekly, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Keeping Mark Zuckerberg safe is expensive.

The NBC story features a prominent quote from Six4Three founder Ted Kramer, accusing Zuckerberg of wanting to "weaponize the reliance of companies on his purportedly neutral platform and to weaponize the private and sensitive data of billions of people". He added, "The facts are clear: we've never sold people's data".

All the while, Facebook was contriving an approach to openly formulate these advances as a way of safeguarding user privacy.

It's a great piece and mostly centers on Zuckerberg's intense internal privacy concerns and attempts to preserve Facebook's dominance.

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