Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 23:13 UTC
Apple Well, this is an interesting double standard. Remember Apple's reaction to Palm trying to tap into iTunes? They were pretty pissed, right? Well, it seems that in Apple's world, it's not okay to access their services unauthorised, but when Apple needs to do the same to someone else's services, it's suddenly not a problem. As it turns out, Apple violated Facebook's terms of service, knowingly, and willingly.
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Another Apple Blast...5 Minutes of Research
by mjhi11 on Fri 3rd Sep 2010 03:56 UTC
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Thom, I love you like a brother but your anti-Apple bias has once again gotten the best of you. You take the article you link to at face value and assume that Apple is the villain, but 5 minutes of further research leads us to a significant change in the Facebook API terms and conditions dated only a month ago or so. Thanks to InsideFacebook.com ...

http://www.insidefacebook.com/2010/07/29/facebook-updates-policy-te...

"Facebook has long required the largest application developers on its platform to agree to an additional set of terms that, while undisclosed, appear to be aimed at ensuring site performance quality. The company updated these terms this week to set a higher bar for which apps qualify for those terms.

Here’s the update to the developer policy document:

If you exceed, or plan to exceed, any of the following thresholds please contact us as you may be subject to additional terms: (>5M MAU) or (>100M API calls per day) or (>50M impressions per day).

We asked Facebook for more details on the change. The company’s response:

We recently revised our threshold policy from 5 million daily active users to 5 million monthly active users. We want to work closely with our largest developers in order to maintain a high level of performance, speed and uptime for Facbook Platform. Sudden, unexpected large increases in API usage could negatively impact both developers and users."

The article was dated July 29, 2010, little more than a month ago. Since it takes at least months to develop a new web based application or service (if not years) could a reasonable expectation not be that after Apple approached Facebook, only then did Facebook change the terms?

Could the change have been a result of Apple's desire to use the API? When did the negotiations start between Apple and Facebook?

Seems Facebook made an incredibly significant change in these terms only recently..."We recently revised our threshold policy from 5 million daily active users to 5 million monthly active users."

Can't we agree that 5 million daily active users is a HUGE change versus 5 million monthly users?

And what prompted our Facebook friends to make the change? And why such a significant leap 5 million daily versus 5 million monthly?

Apple clearly is NOT in violation of Facebook's terms now as they've removed any Facebook Connect functionality so why blast Apple?

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