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Facebook Bans another Developer: This Time It’s the Creator of Facebook Purity Browser Add-on
Playing the app development on Facebook is pretty straightforward for the most part; play by the rules and Facebook will leave you well alone. There are some developers who push the envelope a little bit and whilst most escape for a time, Facebook occasionally cleans house.
Creator of the popular Facebook add-on, F.B. Purity, found out the hard way after the social network giant booted the app off its servers for what the creator admitted was a violation of one of Facebook key terms of service. F.B Purity stands for Fluff Busting Purity and was created to help users retain the same look and feel of Facebook that made the site popular in the early days (Facebook as you know has had several revamps which have proved very unpopular with users). Running on the popular script framework called Greasemonkey, F.B. Purity allowed users of Safari, Chrome, Firefox and others to customize the way Facebook is displayed for them. Users were apparently very happy with the free add-on but not Facebook based on the recent actions.
The Facebook terms of service has several clauses, of course, and the one that F.B. Purity apparently violated was section 3.11. specifically, it states that a user/developer, ““You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working or appearance of Facebook, such as a denial of service attack or interference with page rendering or other Facebook functionality.” In other words, Facebook didn’t like the fact hat a user could alter the way Facebook is shown given the millions invested in making the social network site look the way it does today without the add-on.
But this is where it gets tricky. You see, F.B. Purity has been around d since 2009—a full 3 years. In that time the add-on had garnered some 85,000 users from different parts of the world. The question therefore, is “why now?” And what’s even more interesting is the fact that F.B. Purity doesn’t interact with Facebook via an API. The add-on, according to its developer is executed purely within the browser and so he feels that Facebook is being a tad heavy-handed, or perhaps even overstepping its bounds.
Is Facebook becoming Google?
Facebook is now a public company and many are wondering if the rather heavy handed approach taken by the social networking giant is hinged on this fact. An add-on that was launched back in 2009 regardless of what it does to Facebook’s appearance in a browser was allowed to thrive; now all of a sudden it violates a terms of service. Perhaps Facebook should ay what’s on its mind: “Shareholder sentiment is at stake, so we’ll take no “funny stuff” from developers.”
We’ll probably never get a sentiment like that out of Facebook but the message I suppose has been sent. F.B Purity is history in its present form and although there are modifications the developer can make to give it more independent functionality, I doubt it’s worth developing further.
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