Facebook Threatens Greasemonkey Script Writer

from the but-it's-in-the-browser dept

Another day, another abusive bullying attempt. This time, it's Facebook, which is apparently trying to bully the maker of a Greasemonkey script that cleans up your Facebook live feed by removing annoying app notices (such as all the crap your friends are doing in Farmville and Mafia Wars). It sounds quite useful. Originally, the script was called Facebook Purity, and Facebook complained about the trademark issue (a stretch... but perhaps you could see the company's point). So the guy changed the name to Fluff Busting Purity. No trademark issue at all. But Facebook is still complaining. The thing is, this is a Greasemonkey user script -- meaning that everything happens in the user's browser -- which Facebook has no claim over. If you tell your browser to ignore certain things on a website, that should be your choice. This add-on is there to help people who want it, such that it makes Facebook more useful to them. It's too bad that as Facebook gets bigger, we're hearing more and more stories of this kind of bullying activity.

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    rhandomina, 25 Mar 2010 @ 12:16pm

    Re: I haven\'t gotten threats yet.

    bingo - making money off it is usually a sure way to have the hounds out for blood.

    I suspect it might also have to do with Facebook's 'games' and 'apps' feeds (which don't seem to be ramped up yet, as they're not catching everything for me) - possibly penalizing apps that don't play by the rules. No complaints from users (due to users hiding everything) == apps not getting caught... Although that would be easier for Facebook in terms of not having to deal with infringing apps

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