A school project created by two Yale undergraduates in 2011 has unexpectedly become a target of Facebook’s legal team. The social networking giant has demanded that the two developers, Bay Gross and Charlie Croom, abandon the website they created at whatsherface-book.com. The site featured a game that showed people pictures of their Facebook friends, then quizzed them on which pictures they could recognize.
“You should not sell, offer to sell, or transfer the domain name to a third party and should let the domain registration expire,” states the letter, signed by “Ethel” of Facebook’s legal department. “Please confirm in writing that you will agree to resolve this letter as requested.”
The missive from Ethel had unusual timing, since the game stopped working earlier this year after a Facebook API update. But the two friends, who created the website as a project in their Law and Technology class at Yale, still felt they shouldn’t have to remove their website. While the game stopped functioning, the site still showcased the results of the quizzes that had been taken. Plus, the site had a real point to make about Internet privacy and how it’s at odds with Facebook’s massive data collection.
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