Facebook collected records of users' text and phone calls, secret documents reveal

Facebook's seized files published by MPs

UK parliament releases internal Facebook documents

Facebook also used its position as user data provider to affect the businesses of its competitors in social media, like Twitter, the report said.

Damian Collins, head of the committee, added that Facebook shut off access to data required by competing apps, conducted global surveys of the usage of mobile apps by customers possibly without their knowledge, and that a change to Facebook's Android app policy that resulted in call and message data being recorded was deliberately made hard for users to know about. "I think we leak info to developers, but I just can't think of any instances where that data has leaked from developer to developer and caused real issue for us", chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in 2012, describing nearly exactly the kind of behaviour that would lead to the Cambridge Analytica scandal years later. "This change meant that a lot of sketchy apps-like the quiz app that sold data to Cambridge Analytica could no longer operate on our platform", he wrote.

-Facebook "whitelisted" certain companies, meaning that they still had full access to users' friends data after platform changes in 2014/15, including Airbnb, Netflix, and Badoo.

Mr Collins alleged that Facebook maintained "whitelisting agreements" which gave select companies preferential access to valuable user data. The company limited app developer access to lists of friends, other than those also using the same app, in most cases, according to the statement.

In response, Facebook has said that the documents had been presented in a "very misleading manner" and required additional context.

"The idea of linking access to friends' data to the financial value of the developers' relationship with Facebook is a recurring feature of the documents", Collins said.

"Like any business, we had many internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform". With regards to Onavo, Facebook argues "we've always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used, including by Facebook". "To be clear, that's different from selling people's data". "I think we leak info to developers, but I just can't think if any instances where that data has leaked from developer to developer and caused a real issue for us", he wrote in one of the emails.

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The internal emails also detail discussions regarding the collection of call and text logs from Android users.

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