Facebook Cracking Down On Trademark-Infringing iPhone Apps

News | Tuesday April 13 2010 12:16 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

The developer credentials serve as the authentication mechanism for applications to communicate with the Facebook API. In the absence of credentials, the apps are no longer able to retrieve information from the Facebook server and consequently users accessing such applications are likely to see error messages.
'. While '
' term in the application name, iLoader has been targeted owing to its use of an image that was deemed to be confusingly similar to Facebook's iconic '
' logo.
Terming the exercise as a routine affair, Facebook representative Malorie Lucich says:
“We ensure that applications that access Facebook user data adhere to Facebook Platform policies. Those applications that do not comply are subject to enforcement, which can include disabling or limiting their access to Facebook APIs.[…]Applications that are in clear violation of our Platform policies around trademark infringement and affiliation will be removed from the App Store by Apple .[…][W]e are happy to answer questions from developers and work with them to get their apps into compliance as appropriate.”
Facebook's decision to crackdown on trademark-infringing applications without notice has not gone down well with a majority of the affected developers. Revealing his disappointment over the issue, Chris Diskin, the developer of '
app writes,
“I am 100 percent okay with making the changes they've requested. All we've done up to now is play by rules that appeared to be accepted based on all the other apps on the App Store. Many, many apps use the 'F' and 'Facebook' on them. Up to now, it hasn't been an issue, then suddenly 'chop,' app deleted.”
While the issue may have inconvenienced a lot of iPhone app users as well, it needs to be noted that the onus for complying with the terms and conditions lies with the app developers and hence platform owners like Facebook should not be blamed.
Have you noticed issues with any of the iPhone apps for Facebook? Do you think Facebook is justified in cracking down on such iPhone apps? Let us know your views in the comments.

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