Facebook has dropped the hammer on Path’s API access following the mobile app’s spam controversy. Path users can no longer view Facebook’s social graph on its interface, preventing the app from sending invites to users’ friends on the social networking behemoth.
Path has received negative backlash lately after it has been caught automatically sending SMS message invitations to users’ contacts without permission.
Although Path’s ‘Find Friends’ access has been restricted, users can still use Facebook to log-in and share posts. Also, Path users can still invite friends from Contacts Book and Gmail contacts in the new 3.0.4 version of Path.
It may be remembered that Facebook made the same move back in March for MessageMe and Voxer, disabling the apps’ access to contacts and to its social graph. Though Facebook has not given any official statement to explain Path’s restriction, its platform policy does say that Facebook can remove API access from apps it considers are being too aggressive.
While Facebook’s restriction is a blow to the popular mobile app, Path has found a way to bounce back by bringing in Twitter. According to analysts, Twitter’s user base is skewered toward early adopter who might have an interest in Path more than Facebook users. The social networking site’s trademark bird logo can now be found in Path users’ Invite Friends option list.