British lawmakers have issued a hard-hitting report, accusing Facebook and other social media platforms of deliberate breach of user privacy.
The report was prepared by the Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee on the issue of social media disinformation following an 18-month inquiry. The legislature published it on its website on Sunday.
The body said Facebook was “intentionally and knowingly” violating data privacy laws.
It said it had come to the conclusion after studying internal Facebook emails handed to them by a company named Six4Three, which, itself, is suing Facebook for allegedly harming its business.
“The evidence that we obtained from the Six4Three court documents indicates that Facebook was willing to override its users’ privacy settings,” the parliamentary report read.
Doing so would enable Facebook “to transfer data to some app developers, to charge high prices in advertising to some developers,…