Facebook has come under quite a bit of scrutiny lately, especially for privacy issues, but have you heard about the latest scandal involving a bikini app that was shut down in 2015? Keep reading to learn all about it.
A Bit of Background
According to Bloomberg, Facebook is now facing a new legal challenge after an ad for an app debuted back in 2014. The ad displayed a man who was pointing a phone at women in order to remove their clothes and reveal bikinis. As you can imagine, this ad wasn’t received well.
The ad was for an app known as Pikini. By downloading the app, which would gain access to your friends’ photos, you would more easily and quickly be able to find all of the photos of your friends in swimsuits (this includes women in bikinis). It goes without saying that the app itself was heavily criticized by many, and it was eventually shut down in 2015.
Facebook’s Role in the Demise of the Bikini App
The Pikini app wasn’t able to last very long, thanks to Facebook stepping in and restricting the access to friends’ data that it needed to work. This was great news for those who value privacy on the social media network, especially since Facebook has come under fire in the past for not being careful enough when it comes to keeping users’ data secure.
But, a legal battle soon began when Pikini filed a lawsuit against Facebook, and it is still taking place. Basically, the app’s maker is claiming that, because Facebook restricted access to information, Pikini didn’t stand a chance, and other app developers have also been affected by Facebook’s attempts at protecting user data versus sharing that information with app developers.
A parliamentary committee in the United Kingdom was even able to get their hands on sealed records, which were considered sensitive, in order to help the app developer with their end of the case. As a result, Facebook wants to also punish the bikini app developer for the leaks of information.
Stay tuned to find out what will happen in this interesting case, and how other app developers will respond.