Facebook fought to keep a trove of thousands of explosive internal documents and emails secret. They were just published online in full. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Facebook fought to keep a trove of thousands of explosive internal documents and emails secret. They were just published online in full.

An explosive trove of nearly 4,000 pages of confidential internal Facebook documents has been made public, shedding unprecedented light on the inner workings of the Silicon Valley social-networking giant.

On Wednesday, the investigative reporter Duncan Campbell released a vast swathe of internal emails, reports, and other sensitive documents from the early 2010s that detail Facebook’s internal approach to privacy and how it worked with app developers and handled their access to user data.

The documents were originally compiled as part of a lawsuit that the startup Six4Three brought against Facebook for cutting off its bikini-photo app’s access to the developer platform. The documents were supposed to remain under seal – but they were leaked.

Some of the documents had already been made public before Wednesday. The British Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee published hundreds of pages in a report in December; they were seized from Six4Three’s founder, Ted Kramer, when he visited the UK.

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