Facebook on The Defensive

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Seems like the Facebook vs. Google-battle is heating up. Facebook just suspended participation in Google’s Friend Connect program giving the following explanation:

“We’ve found that it redistributes user information from Facebook to other developers without users’ knowledge, which doesn’t respect the privacy standards our users have come to expect and is a violation of our Terms of Service.”

Google’s reply:
“(It’s) a very simple issue. We think that users should be in control of their data. We think that Friend Connect at all steps puts users in control of their own data, at every step of the way, and we’re disappointed that Facebook disabled their users’ ability to use Friend Connect with their Facebook friends. It’s that simple.”

Seems pretty obvious to me. Facebook has a walled customer strategy and Google attacks them with openness. Is anyone surprised that Facebook barricades the doors? Not me.

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