Facebook Responds to Video Calling URL Accusation

Facebook cited a non-URL-related policy violation for its removal of the Video Calling app from Samuday Web Technologies in April.

Facebook cited a non-URL-related policy violation for its removal of the video calling app from Samuday Web Technologies in April.

Samuday founder and Chief Executive Officer Nimit Kumar wrote a long blog post last week claiming that his company’s app was removed so that the social network could claim its URL on the social network, facebook.com/videocalling, for the video calling feature Facebook announced earlier this month, as part of its collaboration with Internet phone provider Skype.

A Facebook spokesperson told ZDNet:

The app was disabled by an automated system for a policy violation that was not related to the URL of the app. The developer’s appeal was manually reviewed; the violation was confirmed, and the appeal was denied. Two months after the initial disabling of the app, Facebook acquired the URL.

Kumar said earlier this week that Samuday’s Video Calling app used its uniRow real-time communication and collaboration platform to provide browser-based video chat for up to four people, including non-Facebook contacts, and after three months, it totaled 22,000 users, 8,500 active users, and 4,500 likes, adding in his blog post:

If Facebook wanted to use the URL, we wouldn’t have had a problem if it would have shared the intent. Disabling an application on false pretext is loss of reputation for an organization. How does Facebook plan to mend that? It probably needs to mend its own reputation first!

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