Facebook-owned Instagram has broken apps and surprised developers by substantially reducing the number of API calls allowed per user per hour. According to reports, the rate limit for the Instagram API was reduced from 5,000 per user per hour to 200 per user per hour this weekend without warning.
Security researchers have identified various vulnerabilities within the SoundCloud API that could have allowed attackers to gain access to user accounts and easily initiate DDoS attacks. Checkmarx Research conducted an investigation into the online social music platform.
As government regulators and consumers grapple with the extraordinary control and commercialization that Facebook exerts over personal data, and the extent to which Facebook has abused that privilege, a bigger question looms; what hope exists, if any for the emergence of a legitimate alternative?