We have previously reported how Facebook updated its platform policies and tightened control over on which apps can access Facebook’s database. Russian developer Yandex had one of the hardest hit apps by Facebook’s onslaught. Indeed, Yandex’s app Wonder tried to appeal its case before Facebook so that it can gain access again to the database.
Facebook said no.
Wonder, a voice-powered social search app, looked like a direct competitor of Facebook’s own Graph Search. Because of that, Facebook decided that Wonder shouldn’t piggyback on Facebook’s database and cut of its access. Of course, a social app without a social database is completely useless. Yandex then was forced to pull Wonder from the market officially.
A Yandex spokesperson claimed on Venturebeat’s report that Wonder’s functions largely depends on Facebook’s database and since Facebook has revoked its access to the database, Wonder is benched for the time being.
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