Facebook issued a stern reminder to developers that its platform cannot be used to export user data to other social networks without permission.

The social network ensured that it cannot be accused of withholding user data with its release of the Download Your Information tool, but that doesn’t mean it wants to make it easy for developers or users to import data to, say, Google Plus.

The reminder was part of a post on its developer blog, and it read:

We’ve updated our policies to further clarify that Facebook platform cannot be used to export user data into a competitive social network without our permission. Facebook platform is designed to enable rich social apps, and should not be used as a data export tool. As we explained in September, we offer Download Your Information for users wanting to export their data from Facebook.

Readers: Do you think Facebook’s policy is justified?

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