Facebook Bans App Developer Who Created Tool That Helps Unfollow All Pages With One Click

 

Facebook Bans App Developer Who Created Tool That Helps Unfollow All Pages With One Click

Facebook has banned the accounts of British app developer Lewis Barclay and permanently banned him from using Facebook and Instagram.

Because it has developed a tool that helps users to unfollow all pages, groups and friends with the click of a button.

The tool is a web browser extension called Unfollow Everything, once used, all posts on the user's page will disappear and the news feed will be completely empty.

According to the developer, using this tool will not prevent users from communicating with their friends and family on Facebook.

This tool caught the attention of researchers from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, who wanted to assess the impact of a blank news feed on users' happiness and the time they spend on Facebook.


The story began when, in July of this year, the developer received a letter from the law firm Perkins Coie that deals with Facebook.

The message says that Unfollow Everything violated Facebook's rules of use regarding the automated collection of user information without official permission to do so, which is a violation of the Facebook trademark.

Barclay confirmed that this message arrived only five hours after his account on Facebook and Instagram was disrupted, and that he was very concerned that he was facing a giant company worth hundreds of billions of dollars and has extensive relationships with many law firms.

Speaking to Business Insider, Barclay says, “The Facebook message surprised me. The tool I developed is used by only 2,500 people per week, and it has only been downloaded 10,000 times. Its user numbers were growing, but it wasn’t very big, and I think it is useful to improve the experience of using Facebook. It got great feedback from those who used it and they said it helped them use Facebook in a healthier way.”


Barclay added that he had sought legal guidance on whether he could appeal Facebook's request, but legal experts stressed that because he is based in the UK, he would be liable for Facebook's legal costs if he lost the lawsuit.

On Thursday, Barclay published an article on Slate saying, "Facebook is a trillion-dollar company. And I couldn't stand it.”

Barclay's ban came after 15 years of using Facebook, especially Facebook Messenger, and it seems to have taken a toll on him, as he can no longer communicate with friends all over the world.

However, he sees the upside to opting out of Facebook and other addictive social media platforms.

So far, Facebook has not made any comment on the news.

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