Facebook senior executives used user data against competition and to help friends

Facebook’s senior executives have been considering selling user data for years, according to leaked internal Facebook documents accessed by NBC News. Both CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg were involved in the schemes. NBC News claims the data was “a bargaining chip” to control competitors. At the same time, Facebook put on a friendly face to the public.

The documents NBC News obtained contain 4,000 pages of leaked company documents from 2011 to 2015, and include emails, web chats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries. NBC News claims these contain information that could be used as leverage over companies it partnered with—data about friends, relationships and photos.

Facebook also provided its partners with access to user data. For instance, it rewarded Amazon access to user data for