December 2, 2019

Quitting Facebook will soon be easier with Apple-backed tool

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5Mac

Facebook and other online services have been under pressure for some time to ensure users can easily switch platforms by transferring their uploaded data between services. Failure to allow this could see dominant players like Facebook fall foul of antitrust laws.

Facebook & Twitter are examples of “closed silos”, or services which don’t subscribe to open web standards. In short, you can have a blog set up in Wordpress and easily transfer that information to Squarespace or Micro.Blog & vice versa. Closed silos don’t allow for this to happen very easily, in part because they want to keep you right where you are.

Facebook today announced that it is now trialing a DTP tool, with plans to refine it before a wider rollout next year. It is currently restricted to some users in Ireland and is so far only able to export to Google Photos.

Is an .xml file I can import to anywhere such a hard thing to ask for?