Google calls out Facebook for ‘bias’ on WP call
Google has begun removing a controversial feature that allows Facebook to record conversations on its mobile site and then distribute them to users for free.
WordPress users have complained about the feature since it was announced earlier this year, but Google says the changes are part of a broader effort to combat spam, and to “balance” the platform against the likes of Apple’s iMessage, Twitter’s text messaging and Instagram.
“We’ve been working with Facebook to remove this feature, and we hope to remove it in the future,” said a Google spokesperson.
Google’s move comes as Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, has been accused of spamming its users with fake news and fake photos, and the company is also under fire from lawmakers over its alleged role in the disappearance of millions of people across the globe.
Google’s new update to WP calls out the company for its spam and fake news practices, as well as misleading advertising and advertising targeting that “does not reflect our intent”.
“WordPress is a platform for sharing information and experiences, and if you’ve seen something that is not right, please let us know,” the update reads.
Facebook, which owns the popular social network Instagram, has since been accused by the Washington Post of “spreading misinformation”.
Facebook has also been accused in the past of “disrupting” user experience with its photo sharing and editing features.
“This update also removes many Facebook-specific features that we believe to be hurting WP’s reputation and giving Facebook too much power,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Huffington Post.
A spokesperson for Facebook also told HuffPost that the update will be rolled out to “all versions” of WP.
It is unclear how many users will be affected by the update.
Users have been using the feature to share content between each other since it first launched in June.
In October, Facebook added a third-party plugin that allows users to share images from Facebook pages with each other.
However, Facebook has recently been accused – along with Google – of not having the necessary “quality control” to ensure the quality of its own photos. Read more: