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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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?

Most probably Facebook determined their old policy is in need of updating as they were facing a potential of up to 160 million users daily transmitting data? It's not uncommon for people to notice flaws in their policies or behaviour when presented with a new situation, and being integrated with iTunes and its huge userbase is clearly a new situation for Facebook.

It is wrong of Apple to condemn others for these things but then themselves go ahead and still try to use Facebook's API even without permission. It's called hypocrisy. But indeed, Facebook Connect is not anymore in effect so this article rings just like a flamebait and plain Apple-bashing.

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They, unlike Palm, worked with Facebook to implement it, and when they couldn't come to an agreement, pulled the feature BEFORE release, unlike Palm.

Your hate for Apple has made you blind.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:


Uhm, you clearly cannot read - not surprising considering the amount of punctuation marks in your post.

Apple didn't like Facebooks's terms, so the two parties couldn't come to an agreement. Terms of service are apparently only valid when they're Apple's, because agreement or not, Apple turned on Facebook Connect on Ping anyway. As a result, Facebook blocked Ping, since it violated its terms of service. Apple then pulled the plug on the feature entirely."

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