Facebook used its vast influence and power in order to befriend politicians from all over the world in order to get benefits and favors.
The Facebook business models relies on collecting data about users which are then used to bait companies that want to advertise on the social network.
Considering this, it should come as no surprise that Facebook has used its power in order to befriend politicians with the purpose of getting favors from them. Internal documents show that Facebook has tried to influence many politicians, including a former United Kingdom influential politician, a former Prime Minister of Ireland and a former president of India.
Facebook used different tactics in order to “make good” with politicians in order for them to promote and support legislation favorable for Facebook and also to lobby for the new GDPR legislation to be less strict. It appears that Facebook reps said Facebook will not invest in the respective countries if the politicians did not support the social networks.
One of Facebook’s “friends” was Enda Kenny, a former prime minister of Ireland. In the leaked documents, Kenny was described as being a friend of the social network and this is not a very good news because Kenny was the president of the European Council in 2013, shortly after GDPR was proposed.
Enda Kenny was supposed to be impartial, a neutral person in making a decision that was going to affect many companies such as Facebook.
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is another politician that has been linked to Facebook. Osborne agreed to back Facebook in return for Facebook making investments in some British businesses. Osborne helped Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, to promote her book.
Facebook’s influence also reached other countries, including the United States, Canada, India and others.
These details appeared in court documents in the Six4Three vs. Facebook case.