Breaking: Top Friends Vanishes From Facebook Platform (9AM PT Update)

In what appears to be a major event for application developer Slide, Top Friends, the third largest application by daily active users and installs, has disappeared from the Facebook Platform.

As of 12:01am Pacific Time:

  1. Going to the Top Friends app page redirects to the Facebook home page
  2. Searching the application directory for “Top Friends” yields nothing
  3. The Top Friends box is missing from all profile pages

While Platform performance is expected to be intermittent from time to time, this is either a pretty big accident or significant action taken by Facebook. We’ll have more soon.

Update: Facebook has just confirmed that this is an intentional suspension. Facebook says,

We have suspended the Top Friends application while we investigate violations of our Terms of Service. We recognize this is a popular application and don’t take this action lightly.

Apparently, Top Friends was allowing access to non-friends’ personal information in a way that violated the TOS. This is a pretty siginificant disciplinary action by Facebook. As of 9:00am, Top Friends is still not available.

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30 Responses to “Breaking: Top Friends Vanishes From Facebook Platform (9AM PT Update)”

  1. canvas url hijacked says:

    /topeight/ canvas url of Top Friends is showing ad of Human Pets app..

  2. Did Facebook Shut Down Slide’s Top Friends? How Very MySpace Of Them says:

    [...] may have changed. A hugely popular Slide application called Top Friends (review here) has simply vanished from Facebook’s site. Users who had installed it don’t see it, searches for it in the directory turn up empty, and [...]

  3. What’s Up With Top Friends On Facebook? says:

    [...] even access it through the the original app link, nor find it in searches. TechCrunch and InsideFacebook are reporting the same. It looks like this wasn’t planned by Slide either, considering the [...]

  4. Top Friends Application Disappears From Facebook says:

    [...] reported by Inside Facebook, the Top Friends application page redirects to Facebook home page; it’s not visible in [...]

  5. Startup Meme » Blog Archive » Top Friends go missing from Facebook; A bug or their own doing? says:

    [...] to Inside Facebook, the Top Friends page now directs you the Facebook homepage, the application is no more visible in [...]

  6. TechCrunch Japanese アーカイブ » FacebookはSlideのTop Friendsを止めたのか? なんとまあMySpace的な。 says:

    [...] しかし、今夜それも変わったのかもしれない。Slideの超人気アプリケーションTop Friendes(レビューはここ)があっさりとFacebookのサイトから姿を消してしまった。インストールしていたユーザーの視界からは消え、アプリを検索しても見つからず、このアプリのURLに飛ぶとFacebookのトップページにリダイレクトされる。あたかも存在していなかったかのようだ。 [...]

  7. Jamie says:

    power has gone to the heads of the idiots – when it returns i better not lose everything or i will have words with customer ‘robotic’ services

  8. Did Facebook Shut Down Slide’s Top Friends? How Very MySpace Of Them · ordaso.com says:

    [...] may have changed. A hugely popular Slide application called Top Friends (review here) has simply vanished from Facebook’s site. Users who had installed it don’t see it, searches for it in the directory turn up empty, and the [...]

  9. Ale! says:

    wow, i can’t believe top friends just vanished!!! i noticed this a couple of hours ago. I believe that this app is one of the best ones, it’s a facebook classic! it was like the first app I ever added, and i opened my account more than a year ago (before all the stupid apps were created and when inviting 15 friends was not a MUST)…

  10. gfox says:

    That’s not the only thing that disappeared. All of the apps made by facebook – only two left – are gone. Including my fave, flash box.

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    [...] I’m surprised that the application is still down. Facebook provided Justin Smith with the following update regarding the issue once news of the application shut down was released: [...]

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    [...] Facebook in their article: Top Friends Vanishes From Facebook Platform said: Apparently, Top Friends was allowing access to non-friends’ personal information in a way [...]

  14. pradeep says:

    why the facebook application platform will continue to slow down:

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  15. Inside Facebook » Facebook’s Evolving Approach to Platform Governance says:

    [...] now been 5 days since Slide’s Top Friends application disappeared from the Facebook Platform as a result of an apparent Developer Terms of Service violation. This suspension is the most severe [...]

  16. Inside Facebook » Another Big App Disappears: This Time, It’s Social Me says:

    [...] days ago, the Facebook Platform policy team made waves throughout the developer community by suspending Slide’s Top Friends application, the third largest application by daily active users, for a privacy violation of the Developer [...]

  17. Another Big App Disappears: This Time, It’s Social Me| www.mistafacebook.com says:

    [...] days ago, the Facebook Platform policy team made waves throughout the developer community by suspending Slide’s Top Friends application, the third largest application by daily active users, for a privacy violation of the Developer [...]

  18. Facebook Top Friends Re-Appears | Stay N' Alive says:

    [...] – it had just vanished from Facebook with no notice. The problem, Facebook said, was, according to InsideFacebook, “Top Friends was allowing access to non-friends’ personal information in a way that [...]

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    [...] Slide’s Top Friends suspension has garnered a lot of developer attention, rival RockYou! faces an equally serious problem: Super [...]

  20. Inside Facebook » Top Friends Hiatus Ends After 7 Days, Social Me Still Suspended says:

    [...] Slide’s Top Friends, suspended from the Platform for a total of 7 days, was restored over the weekend. As of today, Top Friends is back to about 1.1 million daily active [...]

  21. Inside Facebook » RockYou CTO Jia Shen Speaks on Facebook’s Punitive Viral Channel Cut-off says:

    [...] don’t have full clarity on. Within the last two weeks, two other major applications – Top Friends and Social Me – have been suspended by Facebook for violations of privacy policies. We’ll [...]

  22. Inside Facebook » Social Me Resurrected After 2 Weeks says:

    [...] application in recent weeks. Just a few days earlier, Slide’s Top Friends application was suspended from the Facebook Platform for 7 days for similar [...]

  23. Inside Facebook » Looking Back at Apps Affected by Facebook’s Recent Policy Enforcements says:

    [...] June 26th, Top Friends was the first major app to disappear completely from the Facebook platform. The application was [...]

  24. Top Friends Hiatus Ends After 7 Days, Social Me Still Suspended | Facebook Blog, Applications and Developers Directory says:

    [...] Slide’s Top Friends, suspended from the Platform for a total of 7 days, was restored over the weekend. As of today, Top Friends is back to about 1.1 million daily active [...]

  25. Looking Back at Apps Affected by Facebook’s Recent Policy Enforcements | Facebook Blog, Applications and Developers Directory says:

    [...] June 26th, Top Friends was the first major app to disappear completely from the Facebook platform. The application was [...]

  26. Who Is Making Money With iPhone Applications? | andrewteman.org says:

    [...] lately, it seems that the once white hot facebook app market is cooling way down. Big guys like Slide and RockYou are getting slapped by facebook, the once super-cool hack-athons are now totally lame, [...]

  27. Inside Facebook » AppData: Traffic updates on Slide and RockYou! says:

    [...] a privacy related suspension in late June, Top Friends recovered and today is one of the platform’s largest applications. Slide has [...]

  28. AppData: Traffic updates on Slide and RockYou! says:

    [...] top four applications: 1. Top Friends -504,596 MAU, down 2.97% in the past 30 days After a privacy related suspension in late June, Top Friends recovered and today is one of the platform’s largest applications. Slide has since [...]

  29. Slide’s Top Friends Remains Under Investigation - AllFacebook says:

    [...] I’m surprised that the application is still down. Facebook provided Justin Smith with the following update regarding the issue once news of the application shut down was released: [...]

  30. Slide's Top Friends Remains Under Investigation - AllFacebook says:

    [...] I’m surprised that the application is still down. Facebook provided Justin Smith with the following update regarding the issue once news of the application shut down was released: [...]

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