Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave access to sensitive user data to dozens of app developer friends, according to thousands of leaked documents, ONA reports citing the Independent.
Zuckerberg reportedly used the data as a reward to third party companies and developers who either had a favourable relationship with company executives or spent considerable amounts on ads.
Companies were also incentivised to share their data with Facebook, while those that did not were shut out and denied access.
These methods helped to consolidate Facebook’s position as the leading social network platform between 2011 and 2015, the leak suggests.
The trove of documents obtained by investigative journalist Duncan Campbell included emails, presentations, meeting summaries and internal webchats from within the company.