Headline October 09, 2019/ '' 'FACEBOOK SIX4THREE FAMILIAL' ''



YOU ARE DONE, Kramer said in a recent interview.

After suing in April 2015, Kramer and Scaramelllino could find no willing co-plaintiffs among the 35,000 or so startups the documents indicate were attacked.

Four developers they contacted told the AP that while they supported Six4Three, they lacked stomach for the fight or feared being black listed. Afraid of retribution from Facebook or its allies. they asked  not to be identified.

One developer still active in Silicon Valley multiple said Facebook executives told him they would make his life ''a living hell'' if he sued. Others have moved on to other endeavours, some with financial backing from Facebook.

A US CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE has requested a trove in internal Facebook documents that  the company's critics say will demonstrate -

How the social media giant unfairly leveraged its market dominance to crush or absorb competitors.

The request by the House Judiciary Committee comes amid a flurry of new antitrust investigations of technology giant, including ones by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

At issue here is a cache of internal Facebook documents unearthed in a case brought by Six4Three, a defunct startup whose founders have waged a bitter four-year legal battle with the social network.

In a nine-page September 13 letter obtained by The Associated Press, the House Committee requested all substantive followings from Six4Threes lawsuit. That would include thousands of pages of internal Facebook documents and emails, some authored by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that were ordered sealed by a California judge.

The wall Street Journal recently reported that the House committee made document requests to   dozens of smaller companies that compete with Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.

Six4Three, however, could offer unique insights into Facebook's behavior, as its documents provide  an inside view of executive deliberations and decisions that might be viewed as anticompetitive conduct. Some antitrust investigators have already cited them as potentially important evidence in probes of the company.

Several hundred pages of the documents became public in late 2018 after British lawmakers ordered  Six4Three managing director Ted Kramer to turn over much of the trove while he was visiting the UK. Others were leaked to British journalist Duncan Campbell and shared with AP and NBC.

Kramer and his founding investor, Thomas Scaramellino, allege that Facebook deceived than crushed their start-up and thousands of others by abruptly shutting down access to user data essential to their businesses.

Documents unearthed in the Six4Three case suggest that Facebook separately targeted specific outside apps for cut-off because they competed with Facebooks own core services, particularly messaging and photo/video sharing.

One was the now-shuttered MessageMe, which has also received a document request from the from the House committee, according to former CEO, Arjun Sethi.

Facebook publicly minimised the scope of data access shift, describing it as minor changes necessary to protect user privacy. But the effect its critics charge, was to let the social giant pick winners and losers among companies whose existence depended on Facebook user data.

Facebook denies the allegations and otherwise declines to discuss the case, the documents or their wider implications.

In a statement the company's deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal said Six4Three continues to mischaracterise documents and testimony in the service of merit-less claims.

Grewal also stated that the company acted to protect user privacy : we stand by the decision to limit the data that apps can access and protect people's information.

The UK parliamentary committee, which requested the documents as part of a broader inquiry into misinformation on social networks, published key emails and presentations from the Six4Three trove.

It said companies like Facebook should not be allowed to act like digital gangsters in deciding whether other business succeed or fail.

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