/// Facebook’s Platform Policy Explanation Only Raises More Questions

January 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Facebook is hard to read. On the one hand, Mark Zuckerberg’s key line is, “making the world a more open and connected place.” And then we take a look back on the recent past and see a history of what seems to be the exact opposite behavior. In the past few months, Facebook has cut ties with Voxer , snipped its Instagram functionality with Twitter , immediately cut friend-finding access to Vine , and shut down Yandex’s new social discovery app, Wonder . And that’s just the stuff that has blown up in the news. I’ve been trying to get Facebook to talk a bit more about its seemingly schizo-effective pattern of enforcing its platform policies; to date, the company has been pretty elusive. Facebook seems to have answered that call on Friday, publishing an update to its developer blog to clarify its platform policies. The key takeaway is the following addendum, excerpted below: Reciprocity and Replicating core functionality: (a) Reciprocity: Facebook Platform enables developers to build personalized, social experiences via the Graph API and related APIs. If you use any Facebook APIs to build personalized or social experiences, you must also enable people to easily share their experiences back with people on Facebook. (b) Replicating core functionality: You may not use Facebook Platform to promote, or to export user data to, a product or service that replicates a core Facebook product or service without our permission

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Facebook’s Platform Policy Explanation Only Raises More Questions


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