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. Also read: WhatsApp multi-device feature now works without mobile internet – here’s how to use it

Phhhoto’s technology allowed users to capture five frames “in a single point-and-shoot burst”, which could be linked into a short video. Also read: Goal to continue using facial recognition feature for your metaverse products: Report

According to Phhhoto, Facebook copied this main feature and released it on its Instagram platform as “Boomerang.” Also read: Instagram regains support for post previews for Twitter

The company also blocked Phhhoto from the Instagram API and prevented it from being pre-filled on Instagram posts, The Verge reports.

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

“Phhhoto failed as a direct result of Facebook’s anti-competitive conduct. But for Facebook’s conduct, Phhhoto was positioned to become a social media giant, similar in size, reach, and shareholder value to other social media and media companies that Facebook did not interfere with, ”he added.

A Meta spokesperson said that “this lawsuit has no merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”

Phhhoto closed 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.

(IANS inputs)

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