Facebook executives planned ‘switcharoo’ on data policy change

Facebook Inc began cutting off access to user data for app developers from 2012 to squash potential rivals while presenting the move to the general public as a boon for user privacy, according to court documents reviewed by Reuters.

Some executives at the world's biggest social network appeared to refer to the strategy of promoting a privacy-focused explanation for the change as the "Switcharoo Plan," internal emails included in sealed California court filings show.