Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lulu Versus Facebook

On Facebook's Developer's blog, a recent post Clarifying Our Platform Policies, the new policy was stated as:
For a much smaller number of apps that are using Facebook to either replicate our functionality or bootstrap their growth in a way that creates little value for people on Facebook, such as not providing users an easy way to share back to Facebook, we've had policies against this that we are further clarifying today (see I.10).
Facebook Platform Policies I.10 states " If you use any Facebook APIs to build personalized or social experiences, you must also enable people to easily share their experiences back with people on Facebook."  Yet Facebook continues to allow the Lulu app to suck up friends profile data without permission ~ even though their own T&C requires you get every friend's permission first ~ and BRAGS that they never share anything with Facebook.  In fact, that is promoted as a feature on their site.

Of course, their entire application is built around violating Facebook Platform Policies II.5 since they share all the data (like photos, birthdays, friends of friends, relationship status, etc) without ANY explicit consent from the guys who put their data in Facebook and then had their female friend dump it all into Lulu anonymously to display to all the other users of their mobile application.  And provide no way for a guy to see and delete the data.  This is certainly also a violation of your Community Standards:  "On Facebook people connect using their real names and identities. We ask that you refrain from publishing the personal information of others without their consent" - violation of this is also key to Lulu's marketing approach.

Finally, in Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities - 3.10 You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.  How is it not 'discriminatory'  to ban people from your Facebook-powered app based on their gender or gender identity?  Something that is actually banned in many states (and New York City)?

Okay Facebook, what say you?

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