Facebook bans European social network for violating its policies

Facebook bans European social network for violating its policies

Summary: Facebook has reportedly banned Netlog, a European social network, from the Facebook Platform. Massive Media, Netlog's parent company, is considering complaining to the European Commission.

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Netlog is a Belgian social network with 70 million members. It isn't well-known in the US since it is specifically targeted at the European youth demographic. Last week, Netlog allegedly violated Facebook's policies and thus got banned from the Facebook Platform, according to TechCrunch.

Facebook reportedly provided no explanation of which specific rule Netlog broke, or in what way. Nevertheless, the ban resulted in approximately 1.5 million users who used Facebook Connect to sign up for Netlog were unable to log on to the site.

Netlog was first told it was violating a brand new item in Facebook's Platform policy that was quietly added about two weeks ago. The new clause stipulates that Facebook apps can't link, promote, integrate, or redirect to any apps on any competing social platform. Netlog argues that it has never launched a canvas app on the Facebook Platform, although it was at one point considering building one.

Facebook then reportedly explained the reason for the ban was poorly communicated and that Netlog was actually banned over a different violation. "Netlog took extensive steps to access internal Facebook APIs and deliberately compromised intended limitations of our platform," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "We took appropriate and necessary steps to protect people on Facebook."

Massive Media, Netlog's parent company, is of course not amused. Since Facebook initially said that Netlog got banned for linking to a competing social platform, it is reportedly considering filing a complaint against Facebook with the European Commission over "anti-competitive actions."

Topics: Networking, Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

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he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
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  • RE: Facebook bans European social network for violating its policies

    And this is why something like using Facebook for logins will never work. Facebook can decide they don't like you and pull support.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Facebook bans European social network for violating its policies

      I'm seeing more and more of that. Websites don't want to deal with their own databases of usernames and passwords, so they turn it over to Facebook and want them to do it for them. A monopoly of log-ins.
      ScorpioBlue
  • RE: Facebook bans European social network for violating its policies

    HaHaHa.. just another example how green entrepreneurs are nowadays.. If I were an investor of this company my first question would be "where is your agreement with FB?... How can you partner with a company that can dictate new term whenever they want? ... Who is your account manager at FB?? Who do you talk to?? Whats their phone number? Are your telling me that you communication with them is via a compliant form?? <br>Give me a break! Facebook success drove internet entrepreneurs to be simply reckless!!
    skyfi360
  • RE: Facebook bans European social network for violating its policies

    Facebook is absolutely infamous for the fact that it thinks it can violate ANY law of ANY country at ANY time, it deletes the user accounts of individuals OR corporations with NO explanation, it has committed over 7 dozen crimes against minor children from such countries as the Ukraine, France, USA, he Russian federation, itly and 9 others, while CLAIMING it is 'in your best interest' NO defense is EVER given for NONE exists. Just as with Netlog, FB makes up the excuses,, and LIES, as it goes along. They THINK they are completely above the law, but they are QUITE mistaken. The EU will be closing them down within months
    LyonsAireCEO
  • Facebook is a paper tiger that just need to go away...

    If you think about it, the only real contribution that Facebook has given the world is it's datacenter design. Otherwise, it's a company worth billions on paper that could lose its user base in a hurry and suddenly be worth nothing.

    And when it does lose its value, the Zuck will be laughing while everyone else experiences the fallout (you know he's already diversified his portfolio since he knows the death of the Facebook is inevitable.)
    Champ_Kind
  • FB is accountable despite how it behaves

    All it takes is sueing them in a Belguim court of law, let them drag their sorry carcasses in there and try their lies then. FB needs to be regulated by the FCC, the level of non-accountability and arbitrary account cancellations is clearly illegal, despite whatever their ever changing terms of service might say that day.
    jaybyrd
    • RE: Facebook bans European social network for violating its policies

      @jaybyrd On the basis of what legal principle, whether of Belgian law or any other, do you claim that "C, the level of non-accountability and arbitrary account cancellations is clearly illegal"?

      US Law certainly gives a wide latitude to these "terms of service". It would be very difficult to claim that they vioalte US law for that. We prefer to let the market punish them.

      I say this as a long "Facebook refusenik". I tried to sign up once, but it didn't go through, so I never finished it. it is only a matter of time before others get fed up with Facebook too.
      mejohnsn
  • RE: Facebook bans European social network for violating its policies

    Facebook is fast becoming an autocratic dictator, will there be a Facebook Spring.
    teseek