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12 Facebook flops to commemorate its 12th birthday

Kristin Burnham | Feb. 5, 2016
You can’t get it right all the time, and no one knows that better than the king of social media. Here are 12 examples of famous Facebook fails.

A few months after its launch, Facebook announced it would make improvements to the app. This year, the interface was discontinued. 

10. Glitch exposes 6 million users 

In 2013, Facebook inadvertently exposed 6 million users’ phone numbers and email addresses to unauthorized viewers over the span of a year. The social network blamed the data breach on a technical glitch: Users who downloaded contact data for their list of friends also obtained contact information they were not supposed to have. 

“We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously and we have not received any complaints from users or seen anomalous behavior on the tool or site to suggest wrongdoing,” Facebook said in a blog post. “It’s still something we’re upset and embarrassed by, and we’ll work doubly hard to make sure nothing like this happens again.” 

11. Creative Labs 

Creative Labs was Facebook’s two-year experiment that often showcased ideas developed during its popular internal hackathons. Often debuting as standalone apps, these ideas included the alternative news feed browser, Paper; Snapchat successor Slingshot; and Rooms, a reimagined chat room for mobile devices. None of Creative Labs’ apps were particularly successful, and the social network announced in December that it ended the program

12. Parse 

To the surprise of many developers, Facebook last month announced it would close Parse, a highly successful toolkit and support system for mobile developers. 

“We know that many of you have come to rely on Parse, and we are striving to make this transition as straightforward as possible,” said Kevin Laker, Parse cofounder, in a blog post. “We enjoyed working with each of you, and we have deep admiration for the things you’ve built.” 

The company acquired Parse in 2013.


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