Facebook is caught in the middle of conflicting rulings by courts in Germany, as a decision by the Higher Court of Berlin that the social network’s friend finder violates the country’s law clashes with an April 2013 ruling by the Administrative Court of Appeals of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, which stated that Germany’s data-protection laws should not apply to Facebook, as its European headquarters are in Ireland.
After Facebook revoked access to its data from Russian search engine Yandex’s Wonder iOS application last week, Yandex announced that it will pull Wonder from Apple’s App Store and put the social discovery app on hold.
Add one more application to the list of those being blocked by Facebook: Vine, a new video-sharing app from Twitter, joined Russian search engine Yandex’s Wonder and voice-messaging app Voxer on the list of apps that have been denied access to the social network’s data during the past week.
Give to Facebook, or Facebook will not give to you. That was the message the social network sent by pulling access to its find friends data from voice-messaging startup Voxer, calling the application a competing social network.
A German court ruled in favor of of a consumer watchdog group and against Facebook, saying the social network’s friend finder violates European privacy laws.
An amended class-action lawsuit filed against Facebook over its use of members’ names and pictures to promote its friend finder feature suffered the same fate as its pre-amendment predecessor: dismissed by a federal judge in California.
Facebook’s single largest source of growth is the company’s import contact which has since become a standard tool for growth among large internet startups. Today, the company gave their Friend Finder service and contact import tool a large homepage promotion. As soon as users log in to the site they see the promotion at the top of the page until they close out the notification.