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>Should Facebook be able to take a hyper-specialized application of a common feature and patent that particular application? It comes down to whether their implementation is unique and distinctive enough to be novel and non-obvious.

No, because in the context of current state of communication software it was totally obvious to translate the idea of shadow banning to a “friend-based feed”.

>But it’s also not really that worrisome.

A huge company shrinking the space of available programming techniques for no good reason by abusing laws that were supposed to boost innovation is pretty worrisome.




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