Facebook’s faces lawsuit on its 10th birthday for copycat Paper app

On its tenth birthday, social networking site Facebook has been issued a warning over its new news reader app.

Facebook released its news reading app and called it Paper and it now says it did not realize that there was another app with a similar name on the iOS app store.

Facebook’s Paper is similar to Flipboard and allows users to read articles posted by friends apart from gathering news based on Facebook’s algorithm and categorising them into different sections.

The first section you’ll see is Facebook. Other sections cover news headlines, sports, style and more. To personalize your experience and discover new publishers, you can add and remove sections.

The app can be navigated by swiping left and right to move between stories, up to zoom in, open or unfold things, swiping down to zoom out, close or re-fold things.

It is currently only available in the US store and only on iOS for the iPhone.

The app has already gained in popularity and has skyrocketed to the second spot among the top five free apps.

Meanwhile, FiftyThree the makers of Paper – an iPad app that allows you to write or scribble your ideas into a paper – say they have complained to Facebook about the confusion it s new app with a similar name is causing in the market.

“So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30 with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers …..and press …. Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?” wrote Georg Petschnigg, Co-Founder and CEO, FiftyThree

While Facebook has sent in an apology their new app continues to be called Paper. “We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologised for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy,” Petschnigg’s post added.

All this amidst Facebook celebrating its tenth birthday even as its future is being questioned. Experts have already started writing an epitaph for Facebook amidst dwindling user base and terming it as the social networking for the old and boring.

A recent survey by istrategylabs have come up with some startling results such as a decline of about 3 million users - almost 25 per cent - of teenage users over the last three years and an increase of 80 per cent of user base who fall under the age group of 55 plus.

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