Report: Open-Xchange Export Tool Blocked by Facebook

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – A contact list exporting tool by Open-Xchange has been blocked by Facebook. Tech site CNET recently reported on the matter.

In addition to helping users export and import friend lists to other platforms, the tool allowed users to import friend contact information such as first and last names to new social networking site Google+.

Facebook has already provided an explanation for blocking the tool.

In a post provided by Open-XChange’s site, the company said Facebook stated to them, “You cannot use a user’s friend list outside of your application, even if a user consents to such use, but you can use connections between users who have both connected to your application.” Reason 2 states, “A user’s friends’ data can only be used in the context of the user’s experience on your application.”

Meanwhile, OpenXchange is objecting the block by maintaining that Facebook already provides the information as downloadable through user account settings.

To view CNET’s article on the matter, visit:

You can find OpenXChange’s release on the matter here at