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Google makes a clarification for Facebook

by On April 28, 2013

Facebook-Android Google made a very stark statement to Facebook recently after Facebook was found to be sending updates to their app without using the Google Play store’s update system. The terms and conditions that Facebook had agreed to had to be reiterated to Facebook as they seemed to have somehow “misunderstood” the fairly straight forward agreement. Within Google’s Play store terms and conditions it is made clear that developers are not allowed to use any other means of disseminating updates or code changes other than Google Play. Facebook had chosen to circumvent the Google Play Store by delivering downloads by other means which is in direct violation of the “Dangerous Products” section of the terms. fabookvsgoogle The Dangerous Products section of the terms and agreements outlawed “applications that cause users to unknowingly download or install applications from sources outside of Google Play.” Since this was apparently not clear enough for Facebook, Google recently appended the section so there would be no room for confusion or semantic games. The appended section now states, “An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play’s update mechanism.” Facebook’s excuse for this obvious violation of terms was lame and essentially shrugged off the accusation in the name of progress. Facebook’s reasoning was that they were attempting to push updates to users who allowed non- Play Store downloads to their phones and was informing them that the update was available. The question here is why? Facebook has made and continues to make blatant efforts to reach as many consumers as possible through any means necessary (Facebook Home). We can expect them to continue to bend rules and find loopholes like this as long  as their revenue is generated by adds and playing the numbers. Souce- theverge

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