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Facebook Bans Google Chrome’s Friend Export Extension

Facebook has blocked a Google Chrome extension that allows people to export their Facebook contacts to another platform.

The extension, which was developed by open source developer Mohamed Mansour, got Facebook’s attention when Google+ users started using it to import their entire Facebook contact list to the service, ZD Net reveals (opens in new tab).

The Facebook Friend Exporter was not designed for Google+ but was still useful nonetheless. But, with Facebook banning the extension, it just might impossible for users to import their contacts to Google+.

The developer however, said that he was working on a new version of the extension and will launch it soon enough.

“Facebook is trying so hard to not allow you to export your friends. They started to remove emails of your friends from your profile by today July 5th 2011. It will no longer work for many people,” Mansour wrote on the extension’s page.

“New version with a different design is currently deploying. You might have to do exports daily. It uses a different approach, and I will maintain this version. Just bear with me,” he added.

The developer also claimed that Facebook had no control over users’ data as they were the ones to populate the website in the first place.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.