Google has banned Facebook from allowing its users to import their Gmail contacts onto the social networking platform.
Facebook will only regain access to Gmail's database once it starts sharing its massive user data with Gmail.
According to TechCrunch, Google has made changes to its Google Contacts API policies that will not allow third party websites to source Gmail data without reciprocity. This means that they would have to share their data before they start taking it from Google.
The move will heavily impact Facebook users, who were earlier able to import the Gmail addresses of all their Facebook friends with the click of a button.
“Google users will still be free to export their contacts from our products to their computers in an open, machine-readable format–and once they have done that they can then import those contacts into any service they choose,” a Google spokesperson said.
“However, we will no longer allow websites to automate the import of users’ Google Contacts (via our API) unless they allow similar export to other sites.” the spokesperson added.