Msg#: 4556400 posted 12:30 pm on Mar 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
Is Facebook only pushing competing apps into the long grass, or is this a wider move to earn from developers?
Last month in Paris, developer Antoine Morcos received an unexpected email: Facebook Inc. said it was cutting ties with his photo-sharing application, Vintage Camera.
Mr. Morcos, 31 years old, instantly lost nearly half a million registered users who only accessed Vintage Camera through the social-networking site. Facebook, without being specific, said too many users had complained about Vintage Camera, said Mr. Morcos. He appealed, arguing his app fielded less than three complaints for every 1,000 photos shared, but Facebook didn't budge.
"I was really shocked," Mr. Morcos said. "Users were sharing as much as 6,000 photos per day on Facebook; now access is blocked."