Vintage Camera and MessageMe are among the third-party application developers complaining that they have been unfairly banished from Facebook because they compete against the social network. "We enforce our policies for a variety of reasons, ranging from preventing spam and protecting the experience people have on Facebook, to the rare case when a developer is using our platform to replicate our core functionality without enabling people to share back to Facebook," explains Facebook's Doug Purdy. But developers say Facebook's excuses for dumping them are transparent and, in some cases, trivial, heightening a conflict one Facebook executive calls "irreconcilable."

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