• 6 December, 2018

Westminster has published secret documents which indicate Facebook collected records of its users’ phone calls and text messages.

In this bombshell dossier, Facebook’s staff discuss rolling out an app update which lets users upload call and text information to help the social network recommend friends they might know.

Employees admitted this would not be a good move ‘from a PR perspective’, but discussed pressing ahead with it anyway. The cache was seized in November as part of a fake news enquiry and have now been published on the parliament website.

It includes emails between Mark Zuckerberg and his staff.

Damian Collins MP, Chair of the DCMS Committee that’s probing the social network, wrote: “Facebook knew that the changes to its policies on the Android mobile phone system, which enabled the Facebook app to collect a record of calls and texts sent by the user would be controversial.

“To mitigate any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features of the upgrade of their app.”

The documents reveal that Facebook rolled out an upgrade to its Android app, which allowed it to read peoples’ “call log” – a record of the phone calls they have made.

“This is a pretty high- risk thing to do from a PR perspective but it appears that the growth team will charge ahead and do it,” one of the emails said.

Facebook’s staff also discuss “exploring a path” where call log information was requested without asking permission from the phone’s owner.

The documents were seized when the boss of a US software company visited the UK. A serjeant-at-arms went to his hotel and gave him two hours to hand over the documents or risk imprisonment. Metro.co.uk

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