*VERY IMPORTANT NEWS!* Facebooks legal department have informed me, the developer of the F.B. Purity browser extension, that I am *banned* from using Facebook. This effectively means I will no longer be able to work on the F.B. Purity project any more. I am assuming the F.B. Purity fan page will also be shutdown when they commence the ban. They have not said when the ban will start, but it could happen at any time.
They say the reasons for the ban are:
“Facebook’s terms specifically prohibit interference with the way Facebook is rendered to its users” and that the extension doesnt connect via their “API”, which they say is the approved method for interacting with Facebook’s services.
F.B. Purity does not directly access facebook’s services anyway, it is a browser extension, and by definition, it “extends” the browsers functionality, therefore it is actually the web browser itself that is accessing Facebook, and web browsers do not need an API key or license to access Facebook’s services, as Facebook is designed to run in a web browser.
If a Facebook user chooses to download and use the F.B. Purity extension, it is entirely their own choice, I am not forcing them to download it and use it. Once they’ve installed it, F.B Purity gives the user options for customizing their own view of Facebook, which they can enable or disable to their own liking. If Facebook gave their users options to turn off the most annoying features of their user interface, then a product like F.B. Purity would not be necessary at all. The success and popularity of the extension, is a sure fire sign that something is not right with Facebooks design in the first place.
Perhaps instead of punishing me by disabling my account, and initiating legal proceedings against me, they should instead take heed of the discontent of the Facebook users, and offer them a browsing experience that won’t get them searching out third party methods for switching off the sites most hated and annoying features.
They are also trying to go back on the agreement that i could name my product “Fluff Busting Purity aka F.B. Purity” which was agreed upon with Facebook’s Domain Manager, the last time they threatened me with legal action. They are now saying I need to stop using FB in the name of the product and in the domain name.
For a start, Facebook do not have a worldwide claim on the 2 consecutive letters FB. There are over 64 different trademarks that have the consecutive letters FB in them that are not owned by Facebook, so how can they claim total rights to those two letters? And to try and claim that “F.B” (short for Fluff Busting) is violating their trademark, is rubbish as in trademark terms it is completely distinct from “FB”.
Facebook should be thanking me for helping them to retain their users, who if they had not found this extension would have abandoned the site a long time ago.
In order to stay up to date on future FBP news, after they have banned me, you can:
1) Keep an eye on the F.B. Purity website’s news page: fbpurity.com/news.htm
2) Subscribe to the F.B. Purity News mailing list: FB Purity News Email List
3) Follow F.B. Purity on Twitter: twitter.com/fbpurity
4) Add F.B. Purity on Google+: gplus.to/fbpurity
It looks like this could be the end of the road for F.B. Purity, well at least Facebook hopes it is…
What do you think I should do? Keep up the fight, or let the *expletives deleted* win?
Please help spread the word about this news, Facebook should not be allowed to get away with this. Tweet it, Write a post on fb or g+ /write a blog post about it, repost, share, like comment, etc
BTW in order to share a link to this story on facebook, you can post the following link http://tiny-url.org/fbpbanned If you try and post a direct link, Facebook wont let you. And if you want to post a link to the F.B. Purity website itself, you can use the following link http://tiny-url.org/fbp the reason for this is that Facebook is blocking direct links to my site and libelling me by claiming the site is “Spammy and Unsafe” when it is provably neither of those and in actual fact fights spam on Facebook, and actually makes you safer by hiding rogue facebook application stories from the newsfeed, and giving you easier ways to block those apps.