Facebook accused by Phhhoto app for allegedly copying its feature for Instagram

Phhhoto Facebook Case: Facebook has been accused of cloning a feature from a dead picture app and using it on Instagram, according to a defunct photo app. It has launched an antitrust lawsuit against Meta, formerly known as Facebook, for duplicating its functionality and thus destroying the competition, according to Instagram.

This isn’t the first time that Facebook has been sued for antitrust violations. On a number of occasions in the past, the social media business has been accused of restricting competition.

In a single point-and-shoot burst, the Phhhoto app let users to capture five frames, which could then be used to make and share short GIF-like films. We’re familiar with this tool since it’s quite similar to Instagram’s highly popular Boomerang feature, which we’ve all seen. It has become one of the most popular features on Facebook, yet it was not created by the social media giant. It has been claimed by Phhhoto that Facebook stole its function for Instagram and marketed it to users under the name “Boomerang.” According to The Verge, the startup claimed that Facebook has stopped Phhhoto from accessing Instagram’s API.

According to the firm, “Facebook and Instagram’s actions have effectively killed Phhhoto as a viable business and harmed the company’s investment chances.”

As a direct result of Facebook’s anticompetitive behaviour, Phhhoto was unable to succeed. Without Facebook’s actions, Phhhoto was poised to expand into a social networking behemoth, comparable in size, breadth, and shareholder value to other social networking and media firms with which Facebook did not meddle, according to a complaint filed in US District Court on Thursday by Phhhoto.

The Phhhoto app was released in 2014, however, it didn’t last long on the market due to a lack of development. In 2017, the app was no longer available. During its early days, the app claimed to have 3.7 million monthly active users, according to the company. Beyoncé, Joe Jonas, Chrissy Teigen, and Bella Hadid were among the celebrities who used the app. According to the article, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom both downloaded and analysed the app’s functionality before approving its release.

Specifically, the complaint stated that “this disclosure offered the first link between Facebook’s prior actions regarding Phhhoto (here, shutting off API access as part of an exclusionary scheme) and the algorithmic suppression found in late 2017.”

Phhhoto is now suing Meta for unspecified monetary damages. However, a spokeswoman for Meta has stated to The Verge that the complaint filed by Phhhoto is without substance and that the firm intends to defend itself in court.