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.
Voxer CEO Tom Katis told TechCrunch of the warning he received from Facebook Thursday that his app’s access to find friends data would be revoked within 48 hours, and a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the company will take similar measures against any apps that use its data to fuel their user growth but contribute nothing in return.
Katis told TechCrunch he doesn’t see Voxer as a direct competitor to Facebook or Facebook Messenger, saying that its walkie-talkie app’s “unique, patent-protected technology enables live, push-to-talk functionality, combined with the benefits of a messaging application,” but that Voxer is not aiming to become a social network.
However, Facebook rolled out voice messaging as part of its Messenger app early this month, and it debuted voice calling via Messenger for the iPhone earlier this week, so Voxer could be considered a competitor.
Readers: Do you think Facebook was justified in pulling its find friends data from Voxer?