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Facebook has taken the name of my open source project #30395
Hi, I'm the maintainer of Label Actions, a GitHub app that Facebook has been using for the React Native repository.
EDIT: I've seen some folks claiming that these are just the personal actions of a Facebook employee, and it has nothing to do with Facebook, here is the commit on this repository that swaps out my app with the newly created action during an internal review process at Facebook: f9c2157
It has come to my attention that one of your collegues at Facebook has reimplemented the app with almost the same features and configuration syntax using GitHub actions, and shared it on GitHub using the same project name.
The action has been published on the GitHub Marketplace using the same name as my open source project, preventing me from publishing my project as a GitHub action using the project name.
Despite your bot taking heavy inspiration from my project, and despite taking the name of my project, you haven't credited me or the original project in any way, possibly not complying with the MIT license.
The GitHub app is part of a set of open source projects that are funded by contributors. By hijacking the name of my project, and taking it's name on GitHub Marketplace, you are making it harder for the project to receive donations.
In the last month this is the second time that Facebook has caused me grief that borders on illegality. Recently I have signed up for Wit.ai by creating a Facebook account. The account was automatically blocked after a couple of days for no reason, and I have been asked to provide additional personal data, after which the account has remained banned.
Facebook has a photo of my face that they have requested during review, my legal name and date of birth, my verified email address and phone number, and I cannot exercise any control over this data, only download it, which is obviously illegal under GDPR.
I have reached out to the Wit.ai team at Facebook, but so far my request for help has been ignored.
You can find more details about the issue here: wit-ai/wit#1946
Please find a different name for the action that has been published on GitHub Marketplace, and change the name of the repository.
Please also reach out to your collegues at Wit.ai, or the people who can override automated blocks at Facebook, so that I receive due process for my Facebook account, and avoid having to file a GDPR complaint regarding the loss of control over my personal data.
IANAL. This could be a potential violation of the entirety of GDPR Article(s): 17, Subsections (1), (2), (3); GDPR Article 18, Subsection (1a), (1b), (1c), (2), (3).
Edit: adding in the following: You may also want to exercise your rights under GDPR Article 20, Subsection 2 - Data portability to transmit your data, directly to another controller (wit.ai). Unless wit.ai is a subsidiary of FB; then this should be feasible (I am not familiar with wit.ai ownership).
From similar stories, if you are a resident of a Dutch nation, the following has been documented: [They] enter a complaint (verzoekschriftprocedure) at the Dutch civil court (Rechtbank Midden-Nederland) it is relatively cheap (~$75 USD). Compensatory legal fees can start accruing the moment you need to hire an attorney to start drafting any letters.
The contact details I have managed to find were the following:
They utilize either trustE (linked above), or can be contacted by mail:
https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation (scroll to the very bottom). Good luck and I am happy this was resolved amicably (down the comment chain below!).
@f6v they knew about project and used it here before. But still I can believe that they reimplemented it from scratch for better customisation and control.
Hi @dessant, I totally see where you're coming from and I'm sorry for the disruption.
To clarify what happened:
To mitigate your concern, I plan to:
Thank you for bringing this up!
I will also forward your complaint about Wit.ai to the relevant team.
Hi @hramos, thanks for reaching out both here and in private! Recently I have begun to port some of my apps to actions, such as Lock Threads or Support Requests, keeping the original project names. Label Actions was held back because I was waiting for GitHub actions to gain support for structured data input, so that a separate configuration file is no longer needed for listing the labels. Please hold the action name for now, I will reach out in the near future to make the transfer.
Thanks for also forwarding my other issue to Wit.ai. The way the Facebook account was disabled and my personal data kept in a state that is at odds with GDPR has been definitely an experience that has pushed me to go immediately public when I've discovered this project naming issue today.