Apple Inc., the company behind the iPod music player, has removed an unofficial Facebook application, designed specifically for the iPad tablet PC, from the App Store, citing copyright infringement as the reason to do so.
The application, called 'Facebook Ultimate', came to Apple's notice after scores of new iPad customers downloaded the $2.99 application, immediately making it one of the Top 10 paid iPad apps to be downloaded from the App Store.
Facebook, which has more than 400 million users worldwide, is yet to dish out an iPad specific app for the popular social networking service and in the meantime, its busy cracking down on applications which violate Facebook's platform policies.
Commenting on the removal of the application from the App Store, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement that “ We ensure that applications that access Facebook user data adhere to Facebook Platform policies. Those applications that do not comply are subject to enforcement which can include disabling or limiting their access to Facebook APIs.”
On the other hand, Facebook Ultimate developer 'Dil', reacted to Apple's decision by calling it unfair as there were loads of other unofficial Facebook applications on the App Store, that were not authorised by Facebook.