Facebook banned developer who made an app limiting news feed


A developer who created a browser extension that helps Facebook customers spend much less time on the location claims he has now been banned from the social media platform — however he’s “grateful” to the company for serving to him cut back his personal utilization.

UK-based developer Louis Barclay launched the extension “Unfollow Everything” on the Google Chrome retailer in July 2020.

The instrument eliminates a person’s news feed by routinely unfollowing everybody on their Facebook account — serving to obsessive scrollers lower down on screentime whereas nonetheless permitting them to attach with family and friends.

However, Barclay’s revealed in an op-ed published on Slate Thursday that his Facebook account was disabled in July this year and he acquired a cease-and-desist letter from the regulation agency Perkins Coie.

The discover claimed that Unfollow Everything broke Facebook’s guidelines on automated assortment of person content material with out the company’s permission and infringed on its logos, according to a redacted version of the discover Barclay posted on-line.

It additionally inspired others to interrupt Facebook’s guidelines, the letter stated.

The app developer told Business Insider Monday the authorized menace from the social media large left him feeling “anxious.”

“I was really scared, and I was very anxious,” Barclay stated, including that it felt “very unfair” to be kicked off Facebook.

Louis Barclay acquired a cease-and-desist letter claiming that Unfollow Everything broke Facebook’s guidelines.
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He insisted his extension was made to assist individuals — not take down Facebook.

“I just very much saw it as something that improves the Facebook experience for Facebook users,” he instructed Insider, saying individuals who downloaded the instrument instructed him they “were using Facebook in a way that was much healthier for them.”

Now, the developer stated he’s having fun with a silver lining to getting booted off the platforms.

“I’ve been trying to reduce my usage of Facebook for years now, including by making tools like Unfollow Everything. So I’m actually pretty grateful to Facebook that they’ve helped me take my addiction levels down to a flat zero,” Barclay instructed Insider.

Louis Barclay launched the extension “Unfollow Everything” on Google Chrome in July 2020.

At the time Barclay acquired the cease-and-desist letter in July, Unfollow Everything had 2,500 weekly energetic customers and 10,000 downloads, he stated.

Representatives for Facebook didn’t return The Post’s request for remark.

The conflict with Barclay comes after Facebook was dragged by way of the general public wringer final week, when whistleblower Frances Haugen testified in entrance of a key Senate subcommittee, sounding the alarm about the whole lot from Instagram’s impact on teen women to the nationwide safety threats posed by Facebook.