Facebook launched a new anonymous chat app called Rooms, which lets users create small communities based on interests and invite others as well. However, the developers behind an app called Room have alleged that the social giant has copied their idea, 9To5Mac reports. Also Read - WhatsApp announces Cloud API for large business, confirms Premium service for SMBsAlso Read - Apple new App Store policy allows developers to charge more subscription fee without user consent
Room, which was launched on the App Store back in September, also lets users create chatrooms anonymously, and invite other users as well. Co-founder and CTO of Room, Damien Rottemberg sent a statement to the publication, which reads, Also Read - Now you can earn Rs 3.6 lakh per month for creating original content on Facebook Reels: Here's how
We don t know what happened, if something was leaked from VCs we were talking to that are very connected with Facebook, if it s from high Facebook executives that we have on our Facebook friend s list, friends of friends working at Facebook, or someone at Facebook that saw our app and thought it was cool enough to copy. We re sure this is not a coincidence. We don t understand how Facebook, with all their lawyers, could have released an app with the same name and features. We won t let this happen and we want to defend all entrepreneurs with great ideas and great visions.
The publication further states that Room founders are debating legal action against the social giant.
This isn t the first time Facebook is being blamed by app developers of copying their ideas. Earlier this year, Facebook launched an app called Paper, and developers FiftyThree who have an app with the same name weren t amused. A few weeks later, Facebook-owned Instagram launched a service called Bolt, which too is the same as an existing app.