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Meta in trouble, sued by this photo app over copying a feature for Instagram

Meta (formerly Facebook) has been sued by a photo app called Phhhoto for allegedly copying its features for Instagram. Phhhoto's technology allowed users to capture five frames "in a single point-and-shoot burst," which could be looped into a short video.

  • Updated: November 7, 2021 3:37 PM IST
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Meta (formerly Facebook) has been sued by a photo app called Phhhoto for allegedly copying its features for Instagram. Also Read - Facebook, Instagram have taken down over 18 million posts in India in October: Here's why

Phhhoto’s technology allowed users to capture five frames “in a single point-and-shoot burst,” which could be looped into a short video. Also Read - After Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey; will Mark Zuckerberg be next to leave his company?

According to Phhhoto, Facebook copied this main feature and released it on its Instagram platform as “Boomerang”. Also Read - Here's how to create quirky selfie stickers on Instagram

The company also blocked Phhhoto from Instagram’s API and from being pre-populated in Instagram posts, reports The Verge.

“The actions of Facebook and Instagram destroyed Phhhoto as a viable business and ruined the company’s prospects for investment,” Phhhoto said in a complaint filed in US District Court.

“Phhhoto failed as a direct result of Facebook’s anticompetitive conduct. But for Facebook’s conduct, Phhhoto was positioned to grow into a social networking giant, similar in size, scope, and shareholder value to other social networking and media companies with which Facebook did not interfere,” it added.

A Meta spokesperson said that “this suit is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously”.

Phhhoto was shut down in 2017 before reaching 3.7 million monthly active users at its peak.

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, former Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, and several other Facebook employees downloaded the app in August 2014 and examined its features,” the now-defunct photo app claimed in its lawsuit.

(Inputs from IANS)

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  • Published Date: November 7, 2021 3:37 PM IST
  • Updated Date: November 7, 2021 3:37 PM IST



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