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?
Twitter recently announced that on December 24, 2019, it became aware of a large network of fake accounts that were abusing the company’s API to match phone numbers to user’s accounts. Twitter noted that these attacks may be connected to state-sponsored actors from Iran, Israel, and Malaysia.
As Facebook is one of the major players and MessageMe is a new kid on the block, you would expect that the latter would be intimidated, if not crushed, by any direct attack from the social giant. In this case, it doesn't seem to be so. Despite Facebook recently cutting off MessageMe's access to the Facebook Friend Graph, the newcomer has since grown in popularity and managed to raise $1.9 million.