Mark Zuckerberg and his colleagues were apparently concerned enough about Vine, a video app from Twitter, that on the day it launched in January 2013, they moved to restrict its access to Facebook user data, a trove of internal Facebook emails released by the U.K. Parliament on Wednesday shows.
The decision to restrict Vine’s access to data, which would have allowed its users to invite their Facebook friends to join
the app, was in line with a company policy at the time, Facebook told CNN on Wednesday. That policy restricted apps’ access to Facebook data when the company deemed that the apps “replicated” Facebook’s “core functionality.” In other word, apps that Facebook thought might compete with them.
“Unless anyone raises objections, we will shut down their friends API access today. We’ve prepared reactive PR,” Osofsky added.“Yup, go for it,” Zuckerberg responded.
Facebook said Wednesday that Zuckerberg and his colleagues were only following Facebook’s policy protecting against competitors. But the company changed the policy on Tuesday, one day before the emails were released.“As part of our ongoing review we have decided that we will remove this out of date policy so that our platform remains as open as possible. We think this is the right thing to do as platforms and technology develop and grow,” a Facebook spokesperson said Wednesday.