New York Times News Service, New York City.
Published by: Yogesh sahu
Updated Sat, Nov 6, 2021 6:43 AM M. IST
In the US, the founders of the ‘Photos’ app sued Meta for destroying their app to end the competition. The Facebook founder is alleged to have downloaded his app himself, apart from this the app linked to Instagram first and then after a while the app and the company started to be rude. As a result, the ‘Photos’ app has stalled after three years.
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The founders of the Startup Photos app, Camp Bennett, Omar Al Saeed and Armand, told the lawsuit that Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives had started talks for a partnership but never made it happen. Rather, he launched such features on his Instagram, which were his imitation. The integration between Photos and Instagram was also gradually discontinued.
The startup has caught Gary L. Reyback, best known for an anti-competitive law violation case that fought against Microsoft in the 1990s. In that case, Microsoft had to settle out of court in 2001. In the present case, The Photos app did not specify the amount of financial compensation it wanted from Facebook.
This time Zuckerberg himself is involved.
In an interview, Gary said, “Facebook has been accused of using fair and unfair methods to crack down on competition in the past. But ‘this time Zuckerberg himself is involved in it. Even Microsoft founder Bill Gates couldn’t. doing such an outspoken suppression of competition. He called Zuckerberg a “supreme CEO.” On the other hand, Joe Osborne, a spokesman for Meta Company (Facebook’s new name), said the lawsuit had no merit. They will defend themselves vigorously. .
What was the photo app?
This startup, formed in 2012, launched the app on the Apple Store in 2014. With this, people used to edit photos, add lots of photos, and make videos. It got a lot of popularity. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Katy Perry did promotions. Insta founder Kevin Systrom, along with Zuckerberg, followed suit.
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- In 2015, Facebook Strategic Partnerships Manager Brian Harren reached out to Photo’s founders and offered them a collaboration on Facebook.
- It was said to link the app to Facebook’s news feed, which was like having a prominent place available on the world’s largest social media platform.
- The talks did not progress for several months. Facebook said it was involved in some legal negotiations.
- On March 31, 2015, all of a sudden, Instagram friends stopped seeing embedded photos of Instagram users. When the photo app asked the reason, the answer was that Instagram is angry that the number of users of the photo app is increasing rapidly with their help.
- It was decided to launch the Photos application on Android. Suddenly, in October 2015, Instagram released some updates copying the functions of the Photos application.
- In March 2016, Instagram limited the display of content in the Photos app. The application was closed in June 2017 due to lack of investment and idle.