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Facebook punished me for making too many friends
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A few weeks ago Facebook blocked me for several days for adding too many friends too quickly, saying that I was abusing the system. I didn’t understand how friend requesting people who were free to turn me down at the click of a mouse would be a crime, so I e-mailed Facebook and received the following response:

You received a warning because Facebook’s security system detected that your friend requests were being ignored at a high rate and volume. Unwanted contact with strangers is not allowed on Facebook because it makes other people feel unsafe.
Facebook is a place to interact with people you know in the real world.

Along with this warning, you may have received a block from sending friend requests.
If you are unable to send friend requests, please note that these blocks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. For security reasons, we are unable to provide additional information about this system.

Going forward, do not send friend requests or messages to people you don’t know. Doing so may result in your account being permanently banned from Facebook.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your cooperation going forward.
Thanks for your understanding,
User Operations
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I’m sorry but I call BS on all of that…

Firstly Facebook is a networking site, meaning that it is absolutely acceptable to make friends with strangers who share similar interests to you. According the Merriam Webster dictionary, the term ‘networking’ means ‘the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business’.

I am not trying to sell anything, but like most people I have my passions and interests, so I have joined groups that reflect those interests. I have a Facebook page and I have a blog, both of which deal with mental health issues. The many people who accept my friend requests have their own pages and blogs too, and guess what? We help one another by joining each other’s groups, liking each others pages, reading and commenting on each other posts and even clicking on each other’s links. No one gets hurt and networking is an activity that benefits all involved.

Secondly, those who do not wish to be friended by a stranger are free to ignore our requests, end the friendship and even block us if they so choose.

Thirdly, the part about being ignored at a high rate is simply a bare faced lie, because I checked and most of the twenty people I friend requested that night, just moments prior to being banned, actually accepted my friend request.

So here’s my theory as to why Facebook doesn’t like us to make too many friends too quickly: The greedy company want us to pay for their advertising, rather than doing our own networking ourselves. It’s pure and simple good, old-fashioned GREED !!

After several days my ban was lifted, but with a warning that if caught transgressing again I may have my account blocked indefinitely. Well, I have put a lot of work into my profile and fan page, and if they disable my account I will be destroyed.

Facebook is already successful, it is not fair that they are trying to keep everyone else down. Facebook is successful because of people like you and me, and they need to show us the respect that we deserve.

If anyone has any suggestions as to how to effectively convince Facebook to amend their greedy and improper practices, then please, we all need to hear from you !!!

Maxine Ryder
www.ocdridiculouslife.com
     
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Anonymous on 2010-08-19:
I understand your frustration, but Facebook does make a very valid point. You have a very innocent reason for sending friend requests, but not everyone does. Facebook has a policy that is intended to connect friends and acquaintances. If you want to connect with others of similar interests, consider "liking" a group's page, participate in the discussion forums in there, and then requesting to be friends with those individuals who you create a relationship (personal or professional). Network through the groups. "Friend" the people you make a deeper connection with.

Most times, when a person requests to be friends with a large number of people, they are doing it to try to gain followers (a spam profile, if you will). You may not be doing that, but to be on the safe side, Facebook instituted a policy that flags potentially inappropriate behavior. It is such a large site that they can't evaluate every single incident, so they rely on certain factors to help monitor and regulate their services.
Anonymous on 2010-08-19:
You could also start your own site, then you won't have to worry about Facebook.
Ben There on 2010-08-19:
Actually, Facebook would benefit more if you make more friends. One of the reasons they block people who add to many people at once is because they think you might be a spammer, and people don't like being spammed... Facebook does not want to become the next Myspace.
Anonymous on 2010-08-19:
Myspace??? What's that? :)
Anonymous on 2010-08-19:
If your just going around adding random people that could be considered spamming to Facebook. Best to just add the people you know.
Fufu487 on 2010-08-19:
It's just a security procedure. I see how it would be frustrating for you. But it don't see it having anything to do with greed. What would they have to gain by you having less friends? or being blocked?
ChuhBaca on 2010-08-19:
I have to side with Facebook on this one. This is to protect the privacy of users. People have mentioned spamming. Also, and more serious, stalking. Predators may use such tactics to find victims. It's scary to contemplate, but these people are out there and I have to think of the safety of my daughter.
Anonymous on 2010-08-19:
BA, Wally. Facebook spammers should be permanently deleted, IMO.
Venice09 on 2010-08-20:
That's a good explanation and good advice, jabooty.
okcray on 2010-08-20:
I agree with a lot of the comments here regarding spamming. I've seen it increase over the past month or so, particularly with friend recommendations that have no possible connections with my friends or interests; many of these are pictures of scantily clad (for want of a better term) hoochie-mamas, and a good number of them are Asian.
Alain on 2010-08-20:
Stew, MySpace is the one on the couch with the pillows on it. Where's your Space?
shootingstar1284 on 2010-08-20:
I agree with everyone here. I don't think the fact that you're adding so many people is the problem. People who are new to Facebook are going to add a lot of people at once since they're starting out. I think the problem is that a lot of those were being ignored, which means you're soliciting people who don't know you. I've had to ignore quite a few spammish-looking profiles lately. I can't remember if there's still an option as I wasn't paying much attention, but there used to be an option after you ignore to say you don't know the person. So rather than ignoring someone you know but don't necessarily like, that tells Facebook that you literally don't know that person. FB has to take precautions to deter, as the PPs stated, spamming and stalking, and a high volume of ignored friend requests might point to that kind of activity.
Anonymous on 2010-08-20:
Shootingstar, I just ignored a FB friend request and you are right. After you click ignore it presents you the option to report the request as spam or mark that you don't know this person.

I get about six or so friend requests a week from people or groups that I have no idea who they are. The one I just ignored was from somebody claiming to be a dog with a dog picture and dog's bio. Sadly though FB presents no option to mark the request as not being from a human. And that just makes me mad.
momsey on 2010-08-20:
The thing I really like about Facebook is that it's not one of those sleazy chat sites where people are using it to meet random hook ups. I get really creeped out when I get friend requests from people I don't know.

It's really not a networking site. It's a site to keep in touch with your family and friends. And Facebook makes the rules, so if they say it's unacceptable to friend request strangers, then it's unacceptable to friend request strangers. You saying it's perfectly acceptable doesn't make it so.
shootingstar1284 on 2010-08-20:
Stew-- Thanks for the confirmation. I've been seeing a lot of pets on FB lately. Weird, but to each their own, I guess.
skelly39 on 2010-08-20:
Personally, I like writing letters and talking on the telephone box.
tnchuck100 on 2010-08-20:
Facebook administrators, like many other websites, are trying to keep the purpose for their site from going down the toilet by stupid, arrogant, self-indulgent people seeing how many ways they can turn it into spam central!

They are fighting a losing battle. There will always be people out there hell bent on abusing the intended purpose.
Anonymous on 2010-08-20:
There are ways to "market" your Facebook page to increase traffic and friend/fan requests. It's not hard to find some articles about *legitimate* tips and tricks. (Articles by Brian Solis are probably among the most thought out, as he's one of the current "leading experts" in social media.)

FYI: With more than 260 million members, MySpace is still one of the dominant players in the social media cyberworld. While MySpace traffic has fallen, and Facebook's has skyrocketed, Facebook is not expected to surpass MySpace advertising dollars until 2011. U.S. ad spending on MySpace was just under *half* a billion dollars in 2009 (down from 2008), while ad spending was just under a *quarter* of a billion dollars on Facebook (up, but not by much, from 2008). (According to Compete.com and eMarketer.com.)

Top 5 social media venues right now: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube. If you're going to explore a social media campaign, you need to consider these 5 to get started.
Ytropious on 2010-08-20:
I got to wonder why a high volume of your requests are being ignored. Are you adding strangers, or are you thinking of certain people as friends and they don't see you as a friend. If I don't have any mutual friends with someone, I usually don't add them. I recently added about 30 high school friends in the span of a week and I never got any too many friends too fast message.
PepperElf on 2010-08-22:
"Facebook's warning when they determine that you are just too popular for their own good"


"your friend requests were being ignored at a high rate and volume."


Those are two very OPPOSITE statements.


Which may be the crux of the issue you're having.
PepperElf on 2010-08-22:
momsy - exactly. I only add people I already know. either I know them from real life, or I've known them online for a number of years. and that second group only contains 3 or 4 people


when total strangers start trying to add me I don't trust it. I don't know what their aims are or how trustworthy they are. anyone can just say "I'm trustworthy" online and it won't make it true.


to me Facebook is a way to chat with people I already know. it's not something I use as a popularity contest.
Ben There on 2010-08-22:
I read it that the OP was Friending random people that were members of a Facebook group that she liked - I am assuming these were members of an OCD group since that is what her blog is about.

That is the online equivalent of walking into a gym and saying "I want all of you to be my friend and give me access to all of your friends because we both happen to work out at this gym together..."
punxnotdead80 on 2010-09-02:
"So here’s my theory as to why Facebook doesn’t like us to make too many friends too quickly: The greedy company want us to pay for their advertising, rather than doing our own networking ourselves. It’s pure and simple good, old-fashioned GREED !! "

So you admit you're a spammer. You know you're trying to advertise to as many strangers as possible; you just call it "networking" because that sounds innocent.

As for your claim you've become too popular--then why are all your friendship requests being refused or ignored?

Welcome to cognitive dissonance.
OP Quote on 2012-03-14:
"Thirdly, the part about being ignored at a high rate is simply a bare faced lie, because I checked and most of the twenty people I friend requested that night, just moments prior to being banned, actually accepted my friend request. " Yeah. That really matches up with "As for your claim you've become too popular--then why are all your friendship requests being refused or ignored? "
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When Friends ''Requests" Status Is Removed Without Specific Info As To Why.
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Being fairly new to Facebook, at first I didn"t want to waste my time on it. My wife and kids started a page for me, so I tried it. Found many friends and past and present friends found me. Sometimes things would pop up, you and 12 other people have this person in common. I would send out a request, and have had great luck having them come back as friends. Before Facebook, if you wanted to meet someone, you just asked. Sometimes they put out their han and sometimes not. That was the end of it and no matter what, life was still the same and did go on. Facebook gave me a 2 day suspension from seeking and adding friends. There was no,"this is what you did to bring on this action", just a list of things that might have brought this on. It's a little like your guilty of something, and there is no such thing as innocent, or do we even care less. When you get a friendship request, there are options to take such as not excepting the request. Or prehaps blocking the sender from accessing your page anymore. I don't know how this whole thing works into "freedom of speech" or "freedom of opinion".But even though I have not drank in a few years, I still remember that you could ask a girls phone number in a bar, it either worked out or it didn't, no harm, just move on.

The only way to know if your going to mack a friend is to ask. Many of my friends were made by this thing called introdution, something that was quite common before computers. There is known reason to be punishing people without even allowing the god given, constutional right to know what "exact",infraction they have committed. Even if you sign an agreement to something, it must not overstep any boundries which may cosidered questionable or may violate all or part of constitutional boundries. If a person cannot ask the simple, harmless question, would you like to be friends. Without fear of some 50 year old highschool prom queen, bitter in life, or just still very stuck up, wanting to make someone else's life equally sad. The "the do not except","do not allow",and "block this person from my page",are all great tools. I do wonder how many people have fallen victem to "your guilty and this social network couldn't care less if you like it or not", mentality.

In my spare time I will be researching the basis of my own questions and concernes, meanwhile you may want to look into a better way of informing people what their "exact" violation was before you instill anykind of retrabution. We are not little children, if we make a mistake simply explain it to us what it was, and we'll fix it.
If somehow you could get the letter into the proper hands at facbook, I would greatly appreiciate it. In my opinion, they have done a pretty good job of insulating themselves from any negative feedback, shame on them.
     
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2inform on 2011-05-30:
Freedom of Speech is in reference to the government, not a company Just as a retailer can refuse service to a customer, FB can also limit a person's access as stated in the agreement between FB and the individual.
Anonymous on 2011-05-30:
It's a free site and when you join, you agree to the terms and conditions of the site. They don't have to give you a reason for disabling friend requests
trmn8r on 2011-05-30:
Freedom of Speech is what allows you to come here and post feedback, positive or negative, on a public website.

You don't have that with Facebook, however.

You are familiar with "no harm, just move on" and "That was the end of it and no matter what, life was still the same and did go on" and I would suggest you consider stepping back for a second and seeing if you can apply these to your situation.
momsey on 2011-05-30:
Facebook isn't really for meeting new people. It's for connecting and reconnecting to family and friends, past and present.

I am personally creeped out by strangers asking to friend me. I've never reported anyone for it; I just decline the invite. But I have considered reporting the person, and it doesn't make me a bitter sad person.

What I don't understand is WHY a married man with kids wants to meet new people on the Internet.
FlitteringFirefly on 2011-05-30:
I've reported several people for unsolicited requests. If I don't know you, do not request me or you will be reported. Some people use Facebook as a dating site and it's very creepy.
Anonymous on 2011-05-31:
I guess even Facebook has it share of "hallway monitors". To the OP.. Keep in mind that Facebook isn't the endall beeall of the internet. It's just a fad.
Sparticus on 2011-05-31:
I agree FB is designed for connecting with current and past acquaintances. I report folks I don't know. Same as I would with other networks like linkedin, etc.
jktshff1 on 2011-05-31:
Never been on face book
PepperElf on 2011-05-31:
If you want freedom of speech and the right to ask as many people as you want to be your friend... I recommend building your own social network website.

However if you use someone else's you are bound to the TOS.

And as others have said, the First amendment only applies to the government. Other citizens have every right to stop you from talking on their property, be it a store or a web page
Churro on 2011-05-31:
I agree FB goes a bit overboard. I got put in FB timeout once because one or two people found something I posted objectionable. My FB stuff is locked down so that only friends can view it. Ya know with friends like that who needs enemies.

Here's what you can do man. If you want to befriend a 'friend of a friend' then instead of doing a direct friend request have the friend in common do a 'Suggest Friend'. It's like a mob button introducing you as a good fella and you won't get whacked by the FB gestapo.

Don't mind the my3cents neggies. You're voicing a valid complaint I've read many times about FB.
Good luck and take care.
PepperElf on 2011-05-31:
I did the same too, stew. Not because of any lockdowns but ... just because I don't want non-friends snooping my account.
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Facebook account disable without reason or warning
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Here is the latest message I have sent to Facebook after being disabled with no warning and for no reason since I have not violated any terms or conditions. Facebook doesn't provide its users with a useful means to contact them with any issues and doesn't communicate back with you when you do use their means. I have researched that there are hundreds and thousands of folks in the same boat as I am and this is poor customer service. I have been left no choice but to use any means to get the word out about this before it happens to many more. Please back up your photos, videos, contacts and everything else important to you because you can be cut off at any time without resolution.

Hello over the past week I have send numerous reports about my account being disabled. the help feature and this reporting system have not been helpful. I do not know why I have been disabled so I cannot pinpoint how to take action but contacting Facebook is not working. I received a standard answer on my first complaint about the issue which said that you couldn't help me until I provided the correct email address because the one I provided did not match an account that was disabled. This email address is the only one I have ever used to log into my account which leads me to believe that there is a serious security issue here. Without warning in the middle of using my page last week it was disabled and the only reason I was alerted to it was when attempting to log in. This came one day after I logged into a computer at Best Buy while deciding on whether to buy one or not and I believe I logged off successfully. I can only imagine that may be my account was broken into. I have never posted any inappropriate content and have only been warned a time or two about adding my friends too quickly. This is hardly a reason to disable me without warning or explanation. I have been cut off from communication with important friends and family. Almost 800 friends who have been contacting me asking why I deleted my page and worried about me. I have also lost a lot of personal and irreplaceable content to include 80+ photo albums with thousands of photos, videos, poems I've written myself. All very important to me. I am urging Facebook to respond and contact me with resolution to this issue. I would like my account enabled and restored to the position in which it was when my service was interrupted. An explanation on why this interruption in my life occurred would be appreciated and if I did something wrong a warning would suffice unless I was erroneously accused of something in which case a chance to refute it would be ideal but in either case a resolution instead of cutting me off would be more of a way to handle a customer. I am a Chief in the Navy going on 21 years and work in customer service. While researching this issue it has come to my attention that hundreds of users suffer from the same situation that I am in. There should be away to improve this aspect of your service. With all the major companies who sponsor and use Facebook and keep it running improvements should always be looked at. No company wants to see that a business they are part of is treating their loyal customers this way. It isn’t good for business. A company should always have a way for its customers to contact them, email, phone, a help desk of some sort of which Facebook has none and the help portion of the site yields no results. I have been patient, sending messages repeatedly to get someone to talk to me with no result. I am not opposed to trying to resolve my issue and at the very least bring light to it through any channels necessary such as spreading the word through my hundreds and thousands of Sailors as well as the army, marines, air force and coast guard or going to the local media to start with but I would like to resolve this issue privately with Facebook since I thoroughly enjoy the service. I have been loyal and even supported Facebook by spreading the word to family and friends and spending money on certain portions of Facebook. I urge you to please communicate with me and resolve this issue so I can continue to use this service and have access to my personal files and contact with my family and friends.
     
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Ben There on 2010-10-05:
Depending on what settings were on the browser of the computer you used at BestBuy, your name and password might have been stored and pre-populated for the next customer. Just because you logged out does not mean the next time someone went to Facebook, your name and password were gone.

This is not a Facebook setting, but one set up by a previous user of that computer. Unlike shared computers in libraries, airports or internet cafes which are set to "clean the slate" after each use, a demo computer would react just like a PC in your home.
leet60 on 2010-10-05:
My only comment on this post, is that you really should not expect customer service in its traditional form, from a company or website that is providing a free service or product.

I suppose you can say you "get what you pay for".
SteveWiginowski on 2010-10-05:
I don't think that Facebook should be used as a storage website. Pictures are uploaded to the website, so you should have them on your computer. As far as documents, again, it'd be wise to keep them as documents as well. It's much easier to find a document than to go back to a post that may have been made a long time ago. Facebook is a social website.
steve101 on 2010-10-06:
Logging on to a password protected account on a public computer is not a good idea.
momsey on 2010-10-06:
It sounds like you either didn't log out properly or when someone else tried to log in at Best Buy, they were able to get into your account. They probably had some fun with your account and that's why it was disabled.

Facebook really doesn't owe you anything. It's a free service. If you uploaded all your pictures and videos to Facebook, then you should have all of those still backed up on the computer. Open a new account and start over.
PepperElf on 2010-10-06:
ben has an excellent point.


someone else might have used your account after you left

or someone might have used that computer to launch attacks and anyone who logged in from that IP could have been banned.


For future public computer use - always remember to log out of your account when you are done. And quit the web-browsing program too, for added security.
PepperElf on 2010-10-06:
RIPT - navy comments...

I know exactly where you're coming from. When I was on shore pretty much we all left each other's computer accounts alone. But on board ship... an open account WOULD be messed with.

For those of you who don't know, by "messed with" I mean.... if you left your account open, about 95% of the time someone you worked with would send out an x-rated love letter - and usually to a male. And they often make sure the email goes out to MANY people - either the entire division or... sometimes the entire ship.

Sometimes they even try to get you in trouble. My supervisor left his account wide open and someone hopped on the account and sent an email to the Command Master Chief, volunteering all of us to clean the smoker's area.

And one of my friends told me how, on a previous ship, one of their chiefs was hated... and so when he left his account open, someone shot off an email to the entire ship.... I think it just read something like "I'm an idiot!" or something like that.


So yeah... believe me there are people who would do that to you in a heartbeat.

Personally though, I never did. I've had ti done to me but I will usually log the person out instead, or lock the computer so no one else can do it. Though I was tempted to do it to one of my chiefs ... I mean the man left his office, with the door open and computer wide open... But I resisted the temptation. =)
Anonymous on 2010-10-06:
Wish I had your willpower to resist temptation Pep, my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak,lol.
PepperElf on 2010-10-07:
Rip - well it wasn't that hard really. usually the coworkers who left their accounts open around me were actually people I liked.

and as for my chief... eh. he'd probably figure out it was one of us anyway.

though the chief in the story I mentioned... the one who no one liked... he actually called down to ADP and demanded they investigate to find out who logged into his account. ... he didn't much like their answer.

"There's no way for us to tell. As far as the computers can tell, YOU sent it out. Beyond that you'll have to have the MAs dust for fingerprints."

:-)
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“The Dark Side of Facebook AKA "Disgracebook," or “Facebooks Complete Lack of Customer Service”
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PALO ALTO,, CALIFORNIA --
The unaired dark side of Facebook, or should I call it "Disgracebook." The reason I say the unaired dark side of Facebook is because I have yet to see anything announced on the prime time major news outlets about the disgraceful way Facebook treats its members. The Internet is bursting at its seems with unhappy disabled Facebook members who have posted thousands of complaints everywhere it is possible to post complaints about Facebooks complete lack of customer service and mean spirited disregard for concerns, questions and feedback from members and former members.

On the founder of Facebook Fan Page the founder states "I'm trying to make the world a more open place by helping people connect and share." I am glad he says he is "trying etc." because, in my opinion, he certainly has NOT accomplished his mission. Facebook is one of the most closed undemocratic uncaring unsocial business operations since the formation of the Gestapo. Facebook operates carte blanche without regard of a due process of rights for members Facebook deems unworthy to be members of its social network service and therefore, disables their account. Facebook justifies its policy and actions under the euphemism of “protecting members” from “repeated actions that could be construed as spam,” and from anything Facebook makes up as a threat to its security. Facebook is an omnipotent uncaring broadly defined automated bureaucratic security service mechanism with unpublished specific rules that are violated without knowing it. If this is not Gestapo like policy, I guess I do not know what it is because it certainly is unAmerican to say the least!

Furthermore, Facebook is not a social network service. When joining Facebook you are, in reality, joining a money making “computer program” complete with automated responders but is set up to look like a social network service operated by real people. Is it any wonder Facebook members are treated with total disregard for being feeling thinking real people? I have yet to know of a computer program that is able to feel and or to reason. When someone calls Facebook you are treated rudely and crassly informed to use their computerized automated services which do not reply when used or quickly transferred to an automated answering service to which there is no reply.

I urge anyone interested to please research what I am informing you of because I assure you the situation I have explained is the truth and nothing but the truth so help me God. Until the media takes notice of and makes public “Disgracebooks” inhuman treatment of people Mark Zuckerberg and his staff and money making computer program will continue to fill up trenches behind Disgracebooks California headquarters with unworthy disabled members.

One final comment. If Disgracebook is treating its foreign members as poorly as it treats its domestic members Disgracebook is not only giving itself a black eye it is giving the United States of America a black eye. Is there anyone out there who cares enough to tell the world about Facebooks dark side?
     
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Skye on 2009-06-22:
Facebook is a free site. What do you want?? Nobody is forcing you to use it.

Anonymous on 2009-06-22:
If you don’t like the site and its policies, delete your account and move on with your life.
PepperElf on 2009-06-22:
or go out and create your own network and try to run it at the same world-wide level without using advertising
tnchuck100 on 2009-06-22:
The internet and all its diverse areas: Some good, some bad. Some useful, some garbage. Some mean well, others fail. Rules, in general, do not exist. Access the ones you like, bypass the others. There is something on the internet to please everyone. There is something on the internet that can make you mad. It's all there. Learn to deal with it or leave it alone.
Anonymous on 2009-06-22:
You're comparing a free social networking site with the Nazi secret police. Go over the top much? Try out MySpace instead, you might like it more.
madconsumer on 2009-06-22:
how do you really feel?
Ben There on 2009-06-22:
Start your own free social networking site. Problem solved.
MaggieMcT on 2009-06-23:
So, what did they ban you for?
PepperElf on 2009-06-23:
ROFL Maggie! =)
Anonymous on 2009-06-23:
social networking is so 2004..I say get a new hobby
PepperElf on 2009-06-23:
there's always twitter :)
madconsumer on 2009-06-23:
isn't a twitter a person who uses crack?
Anonymous on 2009-06-23:
That would be "tweeker".
madconsumer on 2009-06-23:
doh!! my bad, thank you zz for the clarification!!
Anonymous on 2009-06-23:
Anytime.
PepperElf on 2009-06-23:
hey wait a minute... I use twitter

*tweaks your nose with the twitter!* :-D
tinydancer89 on 2009-10-05:
no, there is not. Facebook is free. if you don't like it don't use it. no one forced you to sign up. geez
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Not My Account
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I am just curious why Facebook (and other large companies) can't figure out how to have an email verification system in place before activating an account.

I was enjoying a relaxing evening when somebody opened a Facebook account and used my email address. Within 2 hours I received 153 emails concerning my new Facebook account from all my new "friends" and whatever other activity was going on.

I found the first email that came from Facebook stating that if this is not your account / wrong email please let us know. Well that link didn't work that night for some reason.

How complicated could it be to have an email address verification before the account is activated?

My resolution. I logged in, said I lost my password, Facebook sent me a way to restore my password and I closed the account. Somebody else is also probably upset because all their work and stuff is gone.

Personally I feel that I received 152 SPAM EMAILS from Facebook due to their lack of a proper system to verify email addresses.
     
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OMAHA, NEBRASKA -- Recently, there has been a lot of posting about a seriously shameful situation in Bulgaria regarding their routine torture and killings of stray animals. The posts have centered around a courageous German Shepherd dog, Borko, that was beaten repeatedly and paralyzed, and the threats to the kind Doctor that has "adopted" Borko and other strays.

Anyway, a recent update asked for continued donations and sharing of the story. So, I posted that I put it on Pinterest to reach more people about the rescue effort, and the post disappeared. Since I was also watching t. v., I assumed that I had forgotten to save the post. I reposted the info, and it immediately disappeared again, while I was watching! This made me angry, so I posted and asked Facebook if they were so insecure that they couldn't even handle the MENTION of another social networking site. And, of course, that disappeared!

After a few more jabs at FB, I gave up and moved on... But, it still burns my, er, makes me angry to think that 1) they are monitoring all our posts, so there is no privacy, and 2) they can delete anything they want. Oh, now that I think of it, 3) they have previously refused to delete offensive posts which had graphic sexual content and cursing!

Can anything be done about their abusing the rights of their customers?
     
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Obsfucation on 2013-04-26:
What are the rights you are referring to? Facebook is not a service provider that you are paying. It's their ball, and their game, leaving you and me with one right...the right not to use them. When you created your Facebook account you clicked that little button that says that you agree to their terms and conditions. This is why they had you do that.
FoDaddy19 on 2013-04-26:
Your rights when it comes to Facebook are whatever Facebook lets you do. It's their website and their rules.

Look at this way. Do you think you be be allowed to walk into a Ford dealership and start advertising Chevys? Probably not. The same principle applies here
clutzycook on 2013-04-26:
We (my FB friends and I) talk about Pinterest in our statuses all the time. I wonder why they took umbrage with yours.
Bee on 2013-04-27:
How do you know it was Facebook that deleted the posts? IF you were posting them on someone else's timeline or on someone's photo then THEY could be the ones deleting it.
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Not Getting What I Paid For Several Complaints Made
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FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS -- I bought a charm of magic using my credit card, it says I have it yet it does not work. That was a month ago, no one has responded to my 20 plus emails to Facebook support the app complaint center or anyone else, this is a ripoff@
     
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BigAl on 2012-03-13:
I must be old and out of touch because I have no idea what this OP is referring to. I suppose it is some kind of add-on to Facebook?
DebtorBasher on 2012-03-13:
I LOVE playing Bubble Witch saga...BUT, my complaint is, at the end of the game when you still have bubbles left, you get points for them. BUT, the cauldron shows one number but that's not the same amount of bubbles that come out for your points. Here's an example, I've been wrtiting them down but never found how to contact them about it.
Remember, this is at the end of the game, and are the bubbles left over. For example if the couldron shows 12 bubble left, only 7 are released, or it shows 7 left and only 3 are released, this happens every time. I once noticed I had 21 bubbles left and only about half of them were released and we get more scores on those bubbles and they cheat us out of them.
joyr on 2013-08-04:
level 191 is not a fair level, you always get 4 or 5 balls the same color in a row, you only get 30 balls and lose them to those balls that cause the good ones to go out of the cauldron.
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Someone on Facebook violated my rights
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Someone on Facebook went on my Facebook page without my consent, the person change my password on June 26, 2011 at 1.03pm. This person is causing a lot of problems because she reads the message in the chat box and is cursing my friends on Facebook and she is making a public scene on Facebook. I need something to be done about it, she has invaded my privacy.

Right now am trying to get a new password with the help of my auntie and its not going through and am upset about it. I even call the cops and they say they can't do anything about it. What can you do about this situation? The person who violated my rights name is [snip]. I have to give name because I need to go on Facebook that is part of my daily life, I can't even get into my email address and that where I get most of my contact. How can someone be so evil.
     
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Kurizumaru on 2011-06-28:
Contact Facebook and explain this to them. They'll probably have you answer a few questions to verify that you are who you say you are. Also, when you choose your next password, make sure it contains both upper and lowercase letters, numbers AND symbols. That will make your password more difficult to guess. Also, check your computer for a key logger as that may be how they got it in the first place.

Good Luck getting your Facebook account back!
MRM on 2011-06-28:
Nord, your computer is infected with spywares/viruses. When spywares are installed on your computer, it captures your keystrokes as you type in your personal information. I would suggest that you restore your computer to its factory setting using the restore disc or partition.

Yours Truly,
The Computer King
Anonymous on 2011-06-28:
Maybe you have a FB stalker. I had that problem before, where someone got into my account and changed stuff. The above comments are very helpful...I would suggest looking into their advice.

As for the cops helping...they aren't going to care. Heck, someone just bought 1800 dollar plane tickets to Nigeria using my paren't AMEX card, and the cops won't even do anything about that.
PepperElf on 2011-06-28:
Wait you know who stole your account?

It sounds like you perhaps gave them your password, or they knew enough about you to guess your security questions.


Your best bet, if you know who the person is, is to file a lawsuit. Assuming a lawyer will take the case.
tnchuck100 on 2011-06-28:
Why did you give this "other person" your password to begin with? Sharing a password is NEVER a good idea.
Anonymous on 2011-06-28:
A very similar thing happened recently to a young family member of mine. Immediate damage control was employed. The hijacker was contacted personally and persuasively convinced to delete and desist immediately.
trmn8r on 2011-06-28:
If you gave someone your password, and they used it to enter and modify your account, you must now realize that is a bad idea.
MRM on 2011-06-28:
Where does it say in the complaint that the OP gave their password? The hacker had gotten OP's password by installing a keylogging program, which records every keystroke you type. Then the hacker uses the captured password to sign in. With the keylogging program, they can also capture your credit card number, social security, and other personal information. That is identity theft.
tnchuck100 on 2011-06-28:
MRM, because she KNOWS the person who did it. It's unlikely she knows a hacker.
Sophia Marie on 2011-06-28:
If you know the person who is violating your rights because they figured out your password one way or another then this is not a matter for the police. This does not sound like a sophisticated hacker with key stroke software - - it appears to be a personal issue that is now playing itself out on the Internet.
Anonymous on 2011-06-28:
Great review, very helpful, I'd be upset too if someone phished my account. I hope you reported this to the proper authorities.
GenuineNerd on 2011-06-28:
Sometimes, if you click on something from a Facebook post that you shouldn't have clicked on (such as "someone is stalking your Facebook page" or the various "surveys" that require you to send the same message to your "friends" in order to "unlock the answers", usually via "buying coins"), your Facebook credentials and password would get compromised. I would suggest first, run a full scan using your antivirus software (this may take a few hours compared to a "quick" scan), then download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (a free download; I believe Cnet or PC World magazine has the link) and run a full scan. Then go to Facebook and change your privacy settings, preferably so your page is protected by SSL (secure shell) encryption. This method will also ask you to name the computer you used to access your Facebook page. Also, change your password, and set your privacy to "friends only". If a spammer or scammer does access your Facebook page, he would have to list the name of his computer. If so, then you would have to go to Facebook and change your password again. SSL encryption and restricted privacy settings keeps the Facebook scammers and spammers out.
Starlord on 2011-06-30:
If someone has obtained access to your Facebook account, this does not rise to the level of a constitutional case. The Bill of Rights was never intended to cover a situation such as this. The amendments are there to protect the people from the actions of government gone wild, not that someone you apparently gave your password to (there was nothing the OP stated that said the interloper had a keystroke program, that was advanced by another person.) Every website I have ever seen, pretty much, has a FAQ section, failing that, they usually have a Contact us button. They are the only people who can help you, not the police, the FBI, Better Business Bureau or anyone else. Only FaceBook can fix this problem.
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Friend Request Has Been Blocked For 14 Days
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Because I sent out some friend requests on Facebook I was blocked for 14 days they said sending requests to strangers is considered spam well how are you supposed to meet new people and make new friends if you cannot send the a friend request. Some of the friend requests I sent out was people I know and some was familly something needs to be done about this I never had this problem with Myspace or bebo or twitter or h-5.

If Facebook does not correct this problem soon then I'm going to sue them.
     
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Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
Sue them for what?
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
"well how are you supposed to meet new people and make new friends"

Go play outside.
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
What UNS said.

A sad tale to say the least.
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
Sue them because they are enforcing their TOS? Good luck with that.
How did you make friends before Facebook, My Space, et al?
Skye on 2011-05-06:
I'm not sure what you will sue them for, since its a free site, that you use with your own free will, but good luck with your lawsuit.
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
The reason they have that rule is to protect it's members. A lot of people don't like getting lots of random requests, like MySpace allowed.
clutzycook on 2011-05-06:
If a person gets a friend request from someone they don't know (or don't like for whatever reason), they have the option to tell FB that they don't know that person. I would guess that if enough "stranger danger" tags were linked to a person in a relatively short period of time, they would be concerned that the person in question is a spammer and would want to block that person until the matter was cleared up. It doesn't matter if some of those people were people that you know. If enough strangers say that they don't know you, of course you're going to get blocked.
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
When someone gets a friend request, they can report/block that person. Clutzy hit the nail on the head I believe
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
When You send to many friend requests that is like spamming. You should only send friend requests to those you know or those who would be OK with it not strangers.
Ytropious on 2011-05-06:
Is the problem really the excessive friend requests, or that these requests are being denied frequently? I think the latter is why Facebook blocks requesting temporarily.
momsey on 2011-05-06:
Facebook isn't supposed to be for making new friends.

And I have to ask the same question as others - what will you sue them for? It's a free service!
DebtorBasher on 2011-05-06:
I'll be your friend, BigRed.
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
Basher, don't you want REAL friends? Ones that exist off of the computer
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
good review. I was just curious .. Do you play any of the zynga games like farmville/cityville/front... and so on? Because most of these require neighbor interaction and I know zynga encourages adding more and more people. Anyway there is nothing with meeting new people anywhere, they have start somewhere.
DebtorBasher on 2011-05-06:
I have plenty of those Shorty.
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
Prove it!
ChuhBaca on 2011-05-06:
I'm just going to have to reiterate what has already been said. You can't sue Facebook for enforcing rules meant to help protect people's privacy.
Second, Facebook is not really intended to meet new people. Facebook is intended to keep up friends and family.
I wouldn't accept a stranger's request because it's creepy and stalkerish. Also, it would be annoying to see someone's Facebook updates bury the updates of the people about whom I actually care.
I'm not saying that it's not appropriate to meet new people using online methods, I'm just saying it's inapproprate for Facebook. Unfortunately, the only suggestion I can offer is AOL chat rooms, but I honestly don't know if aol even exists anymore.
DebtorBasher on 2011-05-06:
Prove it? What do you want me to do, post all of their phone numbers so you can call and ask?
DebtorBasher on 2011-05-06:
I've had a lot of friend request on my DB FB account, which I never used to post anything on...and I just decline them all because I don't know who they are...if they are M3C members, I wouldn't know without their NIC.
trmn8r on 2011-05-06:
Yeah, this a great review. And by all means, let us know how that lawsuit pans out.
Anonymous on 2011-05-06:
Don't break your shin on a stool that is not in your way.
PepperElf on 2011-05-07:
What the others have said.... AND....


"I"m going to sue" doesn't mean you'll win... or that a lawyer will even take your case.


More importantly NO COURT will uphold your case. If they did then they would be saying that you have the right to harass and spam strangers for attention.

And no court would ever do that. They would, instead, uphold the rights of EVERYONE ELSE to be protected from spammers



"I never had this problem with Myspace or bebo or twitter or h-5."
They have different TOS agreements. Perhaps you should reread yours.
Anonymous on 2011-05-07:
Goodluck with the lawsuit. Go for about 10million, that's pocket change for Marky boy.
DBoiScoob on 2012-01-21:
My friend requests were blocked for 14 days again I'm so annoyed that I'm thinking about suing Facebook also
DBoiScoob on 2012-01-24:
But They Let Me make friends again
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My Geneva Watch Was Supposed To Be A Gift I Won Playing A Game Associated With Facebook
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Don't get ripped off like I did I got taken for 95.00 For a gift I won while playing games on face book I won a Geneva watch and they needed info to charge me shipping and handling agreed to that sorta on January 23, 2010 now February 5th I see they took additional money from my account in the amount of 88.99 For the total amount of 95.00 Tried to contact co. No one works there imagine that.

My name is Cathy Hodges I only agreed because it said I won it I surly wouldn't have bout a 95.00 Watch especially after I received it and saw how cheap and ugly it was.

Thank you
     
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Anonymous on 2010-02-05:
omg....people actually do give info to those ads.

Firstly, I'd remove your name from your review as you probably don't want anyone who knows you to know what you've done. One should never give their full name on an internet message board.

Secondly, never, ever, ever click on those ads or games again. They are a scam as you have found out.

Call your credit card company and tell them what happened and dispute the charges. After that, use rules 1 and 2 daily.
momsey on 2010-02-05:
Sorry, but if you thought you really won something, why would you think you should pay for shipping & handling? If you win the lottery, do they ask you to pay for the stamp to mail the check???

Don't EVER give your credit card info to a company you don't know or to someone asking you for it (when you didn't agree to buy something.)

Do what the Judge says and dispute the charges. Not only that, but tell them that your card is now compromised and you want a new card with a new number! Obviously scammers have a hold of your credit card number, so they can do anything they want with it.
Anonymous on 2010-02-05:
Anything you get from some website that's telling "you've won" something... it's generally a scam. Just note that for the future anytime is saying you've won something... click here.
Anonymous on 2010-02-05:
No offense intended, but you thought you won a prize on Facebook, and then you put your name out here on this website for everyone to see? Surely people are not that naive, are they? Cancel your credit card immediately!

Please read a few books or articles on internet safety (or use common sense) before you post any further information about yourself or give your credit card information to anyone on any website.
Anonymous on 2010-02-05:
Well like they say you can't win if you don't play. I kid because I care. See if you can file a charge-back with your credit card company since this obviously fraud. Also, file a complaint with your state's AG.

You are doing a good thing by warning other people of this scam. Good luck!
goduke on 2010-02-05:
Wow. What a clever scam. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever give your credit card info to someone you don't know.
Anonymous on 2010-02-05:
What kind of ad was it? One of those "catch the monkey and win" ads were a little picture of a money is going back and forth across the small 4 inch banner? you acutally think you WIN by clicking it? lol if you were ignorant enough to actually think you were getting a free watch, I'm sorry to say but you deserved it. I'm sure somewhere around where you imputed your credit card information, it told you how much you were getting charged. Just take it as a lesson learned and enjoy your watch. Maybe you can sell it on Ebay and get your money back.
Anonymous on 2010-02-05:
ALSO, You can wear the watch, and when someone asks you where you got it you can use this complaint as a great conversation stater.
Critical_level2 on 2010-02-05:
Does this mean I can win a new Cadillac from playing Mafia Wars on Facebook?


Maybe on Fantasy Island.
drugdoc121 on 2010-03-17:
I am sorry you got scammed, but this review is painful to read. Could someone please throw some punctuation in there...the pain... :(
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