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November 8, 2019 11:00 am

How leaked court documents reveal Facebooks fundamental paranoia

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Oh fine, let’s talk about some ancient Facebook history.

Once upon a time there was an atrocious company called Six4Three. It made an app called Pikinis that found photos of your Facebook friends in their swimsuits and organized them all in one place. It was basically the living embodiment of contemporary fears over misuses of Facebook’s developer platform, and few mourned it when Facebook shut down the company’s API access during the big third-party developer purges of 2014 and 2015.

The memory of Pikinis might have faded away, but the company’s founder, Ted Kramer, decided to sue Facebook in 2015, alleging that its behavior had been anticompetitive. Four years later, the lawsuit endures, and it might be one of the stranger cases in...

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