testifying before Congress this week, Mark Zuckerberg stated
that Facebook faces fierce competition in the marketplace from
at least 8 major apps, but in fact, Facebook owns or has a
version of each of the apps that supposedly threatens them.
TechCrunch reports that
so far, Zuckerberg’s defense towards Facebook being accused of
having a monopoly has been to claim that the average American
internet user regularly uses eight other social apps to
communicate, not just his platform. The problem is, according
to mobile app insight service App
Annie, Zuckerberg’s company owns three of the top
10 apps in the United States and has cloned versions or
features of other apps.
own products are ranked extremely high on the list.
Instagram — which is owned by Facebook — is number
four, Facebook Messenger is number 6 and the Facebook app
itself is number eight. The top three apps are games, but for
all other apps, Facebook has or is working on a cloned version
of that app. The YouTube app sits at number five, and Facebook
is currently attempting to build it’s “Watch Video” section to
take on YouTube. The Silicon Valley giant has already adopted
the “Stories” idea from the seventh most popular app,
Snapchat. Facebook also owns the 19th most popular app,
you select the “Social Media” category on App Annie and sort
by the “most popular” apps, Facebook owns the top three apps
listed. “The average American I think uses eight
different communication and social apps. So there are a lot of
different choices and a lot of innovation and activity going
on in this space” said Zuckerberg when questioned before the
Senate yesterday, but Facebook has regularly sought to
purchase or copy apps that may pose a threat to the company.
this proves is that despite Mark Zuckerberg’s claims,
users don’t have much choice outside when it comes to
social media networks outside of Facebook.
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