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It seems as if Facebook has developed something of a shoot first ask questions later kind of mentality. You may recall last week when Roger Ebert’s Facebook page was removed after complaints about him (following controversial comments made about the death of Jackass cast member Ryan Dunn). It was reinstated shortly thereafter. You may also remember David Fagin, who decided to sue Facebook for a dollar after he was blocked from sending friend requests, and labeled a spammer.

The mentality has become apparent most recently based on the company’s actions of shutting down a number of applications using Facebook Platform, without notification. Facebook’s “ban bot” recently received a tweak, and has been more aggressively banning applications it deems to be spammy (hat tip to AllFacebook for bringing this to light).

Has Facebook been too aggressive with app elimination? Comment here.

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The whole thing reminds me of Google’s Panda update – designed to weed out low quality content, which it did to some extent, but only while taking down legitimate content with it. However it appears Facebook is a little more open to human intervention than Google, as some apps are being reinstated, while Google has not done any manual adjustments to help individual sites that may have been wrongfully impacted (though various algorithmic tweaks have helped some sites to some extent).

The whole thing comes at a very interesting crossroads for the Internet, where businesses are looking more to social media to become less reliant on the algorithmic whims of search engines. This shows that the road to social media visibility is not necessarily paved with roses either.

To the press, Facebook has been giving out the same generic statement, without giving any numbers on how many apps have been affected:

“Over the past year, we’ve worked hard to improve our automated systems that catch spam and malicious behavior on the platform. These systems allowed us to cut spam on the platform by 95 percent in 2010, greatly increasing user satisfaction and trust with apps on Facebook. Recently, we started getting a lot of user feedback, spiking significantly over the past week, on the amount of application spam people are seeing in their feeds and on their walls. As a result, we turned on a new enforcement system [last week] that took user feedback much more heavily into account. This resulted in a number of applications with high negative user feedback being disabled or having certain features disabled. We’ve posted a link for developers where they can appeal if they feel they’ve been disabled in error. Also, we’re working on new analytics to help developers better monitor negative user feedback to prevent a spike like this in the future.”

Naturally, fury has erupted on the Facebook Developer Forum. Much of this has been led by a user going by the handle “whitekuti,” though many members of the forum have expressed similar notions and agreed heavily with whitekuti’s rants.

Whitekuti’s apps included two photo effect apps and a “social photo interview” app, each with respectable numbers of users and ratings. 7.5 million users, 300,000 users, and 200,000 users respectively, and ratings of 4.7 out of 5, 4.9 out of 5, and 4.6 out of 5.

Facebook is offering developers a means to appeal, via a form that looks like this:

Disabled App Appeal form

However, the appeals process has been heavily criticized as well. Whitekuti says they got the following automatic response from Facebook, after having its appeal denied:

Thanks for your inquiry. To help keep Platform policies simple while delivering great Platform experiences to users, our automated systems remove apps providing poor user experiences. Our systems use a variety of signals to assess user experience, such as user feedback on an app’s communications (Stream stories, etc.) and on the app itself.

We’ve checked out the circumstances of your app’s removal, and we found that your app received strong negative feedback from users and their friends. Here are some types of feedback that our systems look for when users interact with apps: removing content generated by your app from the News Feed, labeling content by your app as ‘spam’, uninstalling or blocking your app, and not granting extended permissions requested by your app. These signals denote a poor user experience and amount to a violation of our Facebook Platform Principles, which is why your app was removed.

Accordingly, we will not be able to restore your app. However, if you’d like to launch a new version of your app with a new app ID and canvas URL, please first make adjustments to ensure you’re providing a good user experience and meeting our policies. You can monitor your app’s user feedback here: http://www.facebook.com/insights. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with your original canvas URL.

Here are a few helpful resources:

Facebook Platform Policies: http://developers.facebook.com/policy
Pre-Launch Checklist: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/gu … checklist/
Examples and Explanations: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/gui … planations
Promotion Guidelines: http://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php

Thanks,

The Platform Integrity and Developer Support Team
Facebook

Whitekuti also said Facebook had even killed a “try out” app, which hadn’t even been released yet, as it was in sandbox mode.

Loss of Money

Some of these app developers are losing money, and their companies are being severely harmed by the banning of their apps. A user going by the handle leoxtc writes: “My app disappeared  yesterday after 6 months of perfectly normal operation…we did not receive any complaint nor thru FB nor via its user feedback channel. The app…is a social game based on the on line investments industry.”

”We don’t do spam and as far as we understand we are 100% in line with the TOS,” added leoxtc. “We have been working hard with this app for the last 12 months. It is a local success. People talk about the game. We don´t understand what we did wrong. We spent thousands of dollars for the application development. Its not fair being banned without an single warning.”

And speaking of a lack of communication, before a Facebook engineer finally chimed in on the conversation, the company’s response strategy was even criticized by one of the forum’s moderators (dburns), who said: “Guys, the moderators are volunteers, and we have no power over any of Facebook’s software (like the ban-bot) or their policies.  We just delete spam on the forums, mostly.  We do have a way of raising issues to the FB employees, and we have done so — over and over!  Trouble is, they’ve been ignoring us (and everyone on the forums too) for weeks or months. Filing a bug is the only way I know of to get official attention.  Although they’re not exactly quick at fixing bugs either…”

The Facebook engineer, Eugene, claimed to be working on the issue. He essentially echoed the other Facebook statement, while being a little more apologetic:

We’ve been getting a lot of user feedback recently, spiking significantly over the past week, on the amount of application spam people are seeing in their feeds and on their walls. We turned on a new enforcement system yesterday that took user feedback much more heavily into account. This resulted in a number of applications with high negative user feedback being disabled or having certain features disabled. In particular, many applications were disabled which posted to the walls of other users and had very high mark-as-spam numbers.

My apologies for the suddenness of the action. The numbers were high enough to cause a real loss of trust in applications, which can impact the entire platform. Where we have failed is not providing enough feedback about negative engagement metrics to developers before needing to take this action. This is something we are working hard to fix with the new Application Insights that will be launching over the next few weeks – you will have detailed information about both positive and negative engagement of the content your application generates.

If you think you have been disabled in error, you should have received an email to your application’s contact email address with a link to appeal. Just in case, the appeal link is https://www.facebook.com/help/contact.p … ble_appeal . Note that no content has been deleted – if your application is re-enabled, all the content comes back.

-Eugene

We’ve seen the criticism of the appeals process, and that doesn’t do much for those getting ignored, or the employees of the businesses that depend on these apps.

User pvar wrote, “We’ve actually invested over hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook ads alone for one of our games, and one instance of it got disabled the other day (though it did get re-enabled, probably as a result of this thread and other developer feedback). This game was also operating fine with no issues for over a year (also average reviews of over 4 stars)….until it was killed without any warning, like many of your apps.”

“This wouldn’t be the first time events like this have happened to us, but this time it was a serious threat onto our business,” added pvar. “We work with over 20 employees (that is REAL people, REAL lives), and their livelihoods are greatly affected by events such as this one. At this point, we are not even sure if we are comfortable continuing running our business on the Facebook platform.”

“We are currently very close to get funded for creating several other Facebook applications that has great value for users,” said user Shmzlr. “This obviously changes everything – first the investors will think twice before going further with the deal, but more importantly – we ourselves can’t take part in an ecosystem that has so much uncertainty and high risk for getting banned while not doing anything wrong. This is not the first time we had bad experiences with the automated system, but this is far too much. If our application won’t get re-instated soon I can safely say that we are leaving this ecosystem for good without any hesitations.”

The Users

Of course the app users are upset as well.

“Think about my situation here,” user aladaf said in response to the Facebook engineer. “We are a small company based in Sao Paulo. During 6 months we have received no feedback from anyone in FB. 4.6 rating. No complaints. Positive PR. Our app was becoming one of the local most visible cases. All of sudden I am having to explain to 46k users why we are out of business! This cannot be the best strategy to deal with the issue you has just described. I believe everybody here will be more than open to adjust things but the appeal process is not being effective  in providing the necessary information.   I launched a new version today just to see it disabled after 10 minutes. What exactly I did wrong? ”

Whitektui said that a huge number app users “begged” them to return their deleted photos, “saying how they loved the hptos they have created over the year with their children.” Whitekuti also posted the following image and user comments:

App user complaints

“Please give me my album back. The pictures are very dear to me, they are mostly of my only son who passed away in october 2010.”

“I am so incredibly disappointed… I had just posted that this was the best application on fb and then my album disappears… All the photos of my family who are passed and others that were very dear to me… ”

“my album is gone also – was just about to accuse grandson of deleting it!!! we want our albums back !!!”

” WTH??? Why is everyone loosing their photos?? We obviously liked this application & all of our photos get deleted??? NOT COOL!!! I had my kids , grandbabies, my daughters picture in her cap & gown!!!! VERY DISSAPIONTED & SLIGHTLY UPSET!!! FACEBOOK YOU NEED TO FIX THIS ASAP OR GET RID OF THE APP IF IT’S GOING TO MESS UP ALL OF OUR PHOTO ALBUMS~~ signed a very upset & deacated Facebook fan!!!!!!!!”

Reinstating the Apps

As mentioned, Facebook isn’t above reinstating apps that it deems legitimate. GoodReads is an app that has been named as one that got banned and reinstated. One member, mosh951 writes: “Facebook has re-enabled most of our 30 apps, but still a couple of them along with my account are still disabled.”

The whole communication thing appears to be the biggest problem, along with that whole shoot first ask questions later mentality. User Kauffman writes: “Why didn’t the new ban system get implemented AFTER you gave developers all the tools they require to understand why such a thing happened? For example, AFTER you launched the new insights system? Developers are a tiny subset of the entire Facebook population – that’s why you don’t give a Shit. And that is the truth. If people’s photos started getting deleted without any warning, the PR team would be on overdrive on all media outlets. Us – we get some engineer spouting off lame apologies when the damage has already been done. ‘A couple of weeks’ is no assurance -  if you guys are going to flag apps automatically, you better have a review system that responds immediately. You’re talking about people’s businesses and lives on the line here.”

Even Whitekuti has had some apps reinstated, but is still talking about leaving the Facebook Platform. He’s not the only one I’ve seen make such a statement. “We simply lost faith to its System,” whitekuti said. “We might not be the biggest developer on Facebook , with total of 15 million users , but this is enough to prove to us that Facebook is no longer the place we could trust.”

whitekuti even says of the forum itself: “Just FYI, THIS FORUM IS BARELY AN ACTIVE FORUM, so many developers do not even know where to report this ridiculous mass banning. We are sure there are hundreds more like us out there.”

User wwav10 writes: “We appreciate facebook re-enabled our Grand Poker application last week.  But we did suffer a huge loss in DAU and revenue.”

A Matter of Being the Little Guy?

Is the ban bot playing fair?

Some of the developers appear to be under the impression that how big you are makes a big difference. Pvar said in the forum, “Also, as a side note, from what I recall (and from what I heard), Zynga’s Empires & Allies app was also disabled for a few hours after it first launched. Of course that one got re-enabled pretty quickly. Ultimately, Facebook probably won’t care about smaller developers (aside from Zynga, etc)….so this post was probably just a waste of my time.”

Zynga, the creators of hugely popular apps Cityville, Farmville, and Mafia Wars have no doubt seen their share of blocks from users. These games are some of the most often complained about apps on Facebook, simply in terms of non players being annoyed by the activity of their friends who are players, though to Facebook’s credit, the company did launch new features in September related to controlling game updates so that only those actually playing the game would see the updates.

“This means people who play games can post stories to their Wall without worrying about overwhelming their friends who aren’t playing, and people who don’t play games won’t see irrelevant stories in their feed for which they have no context,” saidFacebook Games Product Manager Jared Morgenstern.

Josh Constine at Inside Facebook, which tracks Facebook Platform for developers, looks at the Game of Truth app, one that was impacted, and deemed a small to mid-sized app at 10 to 20K daily active users. He provided the following graph:

Game of Truth stats

He suggests Facebook release some kind of benchmark for an acceptable level of negative feedback. We’ll see if something like that come with that new set of metrics that’s supposedly coming in the next couple of weeks.

Update 06/30: A Facebook representative finally returned our request for comment, but avoided specific questions and only said :

We don’t comment on specific cases but we have an appeals process if developers feel they’ve been disabled in error. Additionally, we’re working on updated tools and analytics to help developers better monitor user feedback and provide more transparency into our systems. As part of this, the team is working to make changes to the process, improve the developer experience related to spam enforcement, and provide more data on negative user feedback. However, for apps that do violate our policies (https://developers.facebook.com/policy/), we will continue to take action in order to maintain a trustworthy experience for users.

Do you think Facebook has been fair to app developers? Tell us what you think.

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  • http://onlymeworld.com Carlson Yamamoto

    That’s why facebooks new alternative onlymeworld is seeing triple digit growth especially in the US, UK, and Canada! Facebook is trying to control(Monopoly) the entire web!

    • Frank

      What! their trying to pull a Google, Shame on them!
      Always happens when a company gets to big for their britches.

  • keeflookeem

    I’m all for eliminating as many apps as possible. 99.9999% of them are terrible, and several of them are spammy as hell. No, you can’t have my personal information so that I can have my profile pic modified. No, I don’t want your game, it’s stupid and I’m not a little girl. I think the reason that there are more blocked apps is that you can now report spam with two clicks in your news feed without having to fill out an entire report.

  • Expert Reviews

    Saw this coming. Guess the spammers will have to find another way.

  • http://www.pizzeriaschezmaggy.com/ perurestaurant1

    Some of the developers appear to be under the impression that how big you are makes a big difference. Pvar said in the forum

  • http://wredlich.com Warren Redlich

    Reminds me of the famous quote: “Methinks he doth protest too much.”

    I certainly don’t know these specific apps or their developers, but I suspect some of them are spammers and deserve what they got.

    Same kind of whining you hear from developers after Google revises an algorithm and their crappy site gets dumped.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Hence the Panda comparison. Yes, plenty are no doubt spammy, but it appears that some legitimate apps with lots of users (and happy users at that) are also getting hurt.

  • http://www.jumbocdinvestments.com/ ChrisCD

    Maybe some kind of opt-in would be helpful. I get lots of notifications on my wall for games I have no interest in. When I get them, I block the application. I’m not saying the application is spam, I just have no interest in it. So a block isn’t necessarily a bad vote.

    Of course the other problem is developers pouring thousands of dollars into something they don’t control. If you don’t control the platform, you are at their whim. If you want control, build your own platform. Of course that would be quite expensive.

    On the other hand, Facebook is making income also. Facebook needs to have a better communication system that sees these developers as their partners. If the developers leave for something else, Facebook loses that source of traffic and captive eyeballs.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Excellent point about pouring money into something you can’t control.

  • David Spivak

    There should be a warning system giving app developers a notification to straighten up and fly right. They should have a grace period to fix the issues that have been complained about. Facebook should also supply specific reasons as to why the app could be shut down. A lot of the apps are part of what makes FB what it is. It is in FB’s interest to keep them, as long as FB can get the developers to conform to their guidelines. The simple answer is help them conform.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Agreed. Lack of communication on Facebook’s part is a common complaint from not only developers, but other users who have had various issues.

    • http://eimeardesign.com Kendra

      I totally agree. At this point, if they are banning games for specific reasons, they should have a standardizing team to help developers get their apps to where Facebook wants them, like consoles and game publishers do with their games before they are released.

    • Ed

      Also, much like Google, Facebook controls what it wants Facebook to be, the users don’t, no matter the shallow marketing blabber to the contrary. It’s easy enough to block these apps, as mentioned in this thread, but that’s just the users doing the voting.

      It’s just that if you have a business of your own, you want to have full control of it. That I can understand. But the way Google and Facebook go about using their businesses to control things at another level, well that’s getting a bit out of hand.

    • DB Reed

      David, this is David. This is me, is that you? Yes, is this the party whom I am speaking? Great. Listen, this should be an open forum restricted by no laws, other than a personal sense of decency (and even that, is open to debate by many)that allows for the free exchange of ideas.

      I don’t have to agree with yours, or any other persons. However, I should have a right to see them, and then express my acceptance/opposition to them openly without any interference from a third party.

      To FB, accept your obvious free-market success, allow it to flourish, or suffer the obvious (or, should have been)consequences of market-meddling.

      You were bright enough to conceive, market and launch this concept, within a “free-market” enterprise. So, What? Do you now expect it to survive when you attempt to abort the very environment it was conceived, and then born into?

      Let a 57 year old man say, “MAJOR Fail, dudes!!”

    • http://videokeman.com rose divinagracia

      yes there should be a warning system first. Facebook is like a big bully, banning apps without communication of any sort.

  • http://coachquit.com Don Muller

    It looks like FB has scraped some of Googles ideas with this “To help keep Platform policies simple while delivering great Platform experiences to users, our automated systems remove apps providing poor user experiences”.

    Poor user experiences? FB using a Googlism?

    How is anyone giving a poor user experience with positive ratings like 4.6?

    What effing business school taught these internet businesses that making EVERYONE HAPPY was the goal? When does that every happen?

    What do you think the overall FB user experience is? 4.6? Hardly I am sure. Ban FB! It is providing a less than perfect user experience.

    I bet the top business schools in this country would be shocked at what this article has to say about internet business today.

    Maybe FB needs to heed the fact that Google is online for a probe of it’s dealings with companies. There is nothing to stop Google from suggesting FB get equally probed in that regard.

    Why should Google and FB be in the business of stopping innovation? Isn’t that what MADE THEM???

    Maybe as has been intimated about Google, maybe FB has it’s eyes on owning most of the profitable FB niches?

    One thing seems to clear to me. If you turn an app off on hundreds of thousands or even millions of people, that has to create a mathematically huge cumulative negative experience, and will impact of FB’s image as well. That is because FB is ultimately to blame for a million people for instance having the “negative user experience” of no longer having the fun and good times they had BEFORE FB intervened.

    Obviously people with a “bad user experience” could avoid using an app, problem solved. Stories like this make me shudder at even remotely thinking of creating an app for FB.

    There are a lot of very stupid ideas being implemented by companies these days that should know better.

    Don Muller

    • DB Reed

      You can please SOME of the people ALL of the time,
      You can please ALL of the people SOME of the time,
      but, you can’t please ALL of the people ALL of the time.

      by,……whoever.

  • http://apps.facebook.com/social-media-video/ Steven W.

    Until recently the Facebook Developer App Submission application was broken for a long extended period of time.

  • Bill Carter

    You haven’t seen real censorship yet. Now that Facebook and Twitter are in bed with the Obama Administration you’re going to see a lot of “spamming blocks” and “removed posts”…if they don’t go along with the ideology.

  • AnonyMouse

    do humanity a favor and ban ALL of Facebook. The whole thing is mental flypaper that just hurts the weak minded….

  • http://eimeardesign.com Kendra

    Whether or not Facebook is being fair to developers doesn’t really matter at this point. I think what they are trying to do is enforce a standards that each developer needs to follow. Most game platforms have a standards for that particular platform and the game will not be published on it until it passes the standards tests. (I use to certify game for mobile devices and consoles). How Facebook is doing this I think is a bit rough; they could have sent a notice out to developers letting them know to get their games/apps updated before a certain date or something, but I think that standardizing Facebook apps is a good thing overall. It gives developers a goal to reach with the quality of their app and I think in the end it will make for better apps.

    • DB Reed

      It APPEARS as if that is all they are trying to do. Therein lies the fallacy, as it enables them to do WAY more than that…………………….and they are.

  • http://doneinstyle.com doneinstyle

    I find this incredibly funny.

    When will people learn that anytime you depend on someone else’s website for your revenue you are putting yourself AT THEIR MERCY! These FB developers have to be young idjits who didn’t go through the last 15 years of this kind of stuff. We saw similar with wordpress.com, blogger, myspace, typepad, and even earlier with sites like geocities and fortune city. Anyone who makes dough online has to have their butt covered, and can’t put all their eggs in a basket that doesn’t belong to them.

    The more control you have over your own web destiny, the better you can weather these storms.

    As for Panda, though there are legitimate sites that got caught out, many sites that have been hurt in the past due to scrapers and splogs have seen increases in traffic and positioning, most likely because they’re now more clearly seen as the “original” content. This is also nothing new, other updates have had winners and losers as well, though the yelling does seem louder this time, LOL!

    • DB Reed

      I hear you. Can you spell “compuserve” ? My ID was only 7 digits.

  • gdb

    I don’t like facebooks policies for many reasons. But I’ve deleted many many messages of some apps that my friends seem to use: pure stupid stuff like “xy answered a question about you” and if you want to see question and answer you’d have to give rights to this app, like read all my friends etc. – this is so annoying…

    So I am very very happy when this shit apps dispear.

    • http://cheapercosmeticsurgeryabroad.com Tim

      Same here! I’ve been getting quite a few of these recently, as well.

      It does seem that every Internet Marketer who got fed up of being google-slapped decided to concentrate their spamming energies on facebook. It was always a matter of time before facebook retaliated, they obviously can’t afford to have their brand damaged. Any of us would do the same, if we were ever lucky enough to own a platform as big as facebook.

  • http://www.growingtomatoecenter.com/ Jack

    Boy these big companys have to watch for the spammers.
    Guess the small guys better be carefull.
    The small website owner should watch how they promote.

  • General Bobby Farrell

    Amazing! Everthing that ISN’T milquetoast communist is SPAM!

  • http://www.pomyslynabiznes.pro/ pomyslynabiznes.pro

    Some of the developers appear to be under the impression that how big you are makes a big difference. Pvar said in the forum

  • http://www.worldclassdomains.net Josiah Burks

    They seem to forget it was us the consumers that they built their empires off of. Social sites are ever more increasingly limiting peoples ability to really showcase themselves. Fb not allowing people to add as many friends as they want is a limitation to allowing a person grow exponentially. Ultimately it seems like there are monopolies and they are working harder and harder to prevent the rise of new talent. They will never inhibit the creative and prowess of the human spirit. The more walls they build the more creative people will be.

  • http://www.modsorrockers.com Dave

    Once upon a time there was a nurd with no friends, he sat on his own most nights because he was an antisocial prick.
    Then one day he and some other nurds came up with the idea of sitting at home talking to fiends on the computer.
    What a great idea now we don’t have to go out and socialise any more at all, oh yes and we will become very rich from every one else doing the same, just imagine the whole world will become antisocial nurds as well.
    He has done a great job, but its time we all wake up.
    Remember the good old days when we took the time to talk to people in the street and say hi as we pass by.
    Don’t post a negative reply, just think about it.

  • egghead

    Something must be done about all the big companies who act like fascist pigs ruining people’s lives, but unfortunately most of them are headquartered in that capitalist-kissing hole called the USA where they will label you communist if you dislike any private company for any reason whatsoever.

    The reason companies can get away with this sort of stuff is because in the USA, you are vaginas who don’t know how to stand up for your rights.

    Just go to youtube and type in police brutality USA and enjoy your desperate attempts to be respectable! HAHAHAHAHA… police, facebook, google… it’s all Americans hating Americans.

    • travail

      Lol – sorry to hear that your life has been ruined by some fascist pig company in the USA! Sounds to me like you are not able to right your own vagina and stand up for yourself!

      We are allowed to do that here in the US. Sorry it doesn’t work that way in your country.

      We have righted the commercial ship many times in the USA and will once again, but without all the bloodshed it takes less mentally developed countries.

  • DB Reed

    While I do not, but have, used apps on FB, I am not directly impacted by this action. However, I am concerned about FB’s obvious leanings in a certain direction, and its’ obvious bias against certain ideologies, philosophies and political ideas. If FB wishes to continue to enjoy the popularity and success it has to date, I recommend it remain open to all ideas, ideals and opinions. Let the market, the FB participants, decide who succeeds, and who fails.

  • http://www.platinumlynx.net Chas

    Apparently a lot of people Like Whitekutis’.

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  • http://www.mindmagic123.com Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy Los Angeles

    This is a similar problem to that which I had with google. No customer service or support available after being dropped from a free service that was of prime importance to my business. The kernel of the problem is lack of two way communication. I can understand their reluctance to spend money on customer care, but this area needs improvement if they are going to ban/drop you. 1) Advance warning with a challenge option, or a real contact for challenging the decision afterward. The first option is much to be preferred. 2) Information as to exactly the grounds or basis for the issue, giving the client/ developer a way to rectify matters, instead of a blanket “You failed to meet the guidelines” type of deal. Then a real follow up to accept the correction feedback.

    They have the right to set parameters for their websites. The problem seems to be that they have become so huge, (and wealthy), that they don’t really care about this kind of impact. After all, if ninety five pecent is going fine, and we are growing bigger all the time, why should we care?

  • http://www.eliteqdesign.com Decorative Art

    Seeing so many apps on wall updates coming from every one of your friends did irritates us Facebook simple users. This contributes why some users end up deleting their accounts. Maybe this explains the “shoot first ask questions later” attitude of Facebook.

    Brian

  • Mary

    Facebook needs to be very careful. They have a very volatile business. They could be another myspace at any moment.

  • http://videokeman.com rose divinagracia

    they are banning not only the apps but also url’s that their bot detects as spammy.

    a site of ours has been a victim. our site was being shared and liked by a lot of users. and please note that these are legitimate shares and likes.

    yet their aggressive bot sees our site as spam.

  • http://twitx.net twitx

    I have registered a facebook app for my site twitx.net and am in the process of coding it into the system (using OAuth). But given the facebook “shoot first” mentality it is hard to rely on a third-party facebook app as the backbone of your system. Yes, facebook seems to respond to media pressure when it unjustly bans somebody but that is not helpful to all of us ordinary people who may get caught up in an overaggressive mod actions.

  • http://ellefagan.com Elle Fagan

    YES there is perversion of powers – but not by FACEBOOK per se. But by individuals at Facebook who have the power to do damage to another there…and that is not really good.

    Twice now, in my time at FACEBOOK, an individual in an upset state has slammed me inordinately and made issues for my existence there, blocking me from interaction and advertising the fact to others. I do a lot there so two times with two people “in extremis” is not at all bad, but, for a week or two my existence at Facebook was terrible thanks to the violent act. And my feelings hurt. I am never obscene or profane and have a nice way there. But the two people in question did not want to talk about a comment I made and thought to quiet me that way. NOT really adult. A simple ” I do not want to talk about it right now please” would have done it just fine. or ” I am not speaking to you for now , ok?’ would have been acceptable since we are all like that in our “little bad moment”. NO need to throw friends in jail when YOU get upset. To do such blocks should require forum so that it cannot be done arbitrarily.

    But essentially I like Facebook very much and I think that just because Google and others are launching new social sites this month, it does not mean we need to suddenly slam Facebook http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-06-28/google-takes-on-facebook-with-new-social-networking-service.html

    In fact, I am on my way there now for break.

    And scrabble :-D

    Elle

  • Efs Chromium

    FB wiped my account out 4 days ago and I am trying to get it back.
    It appears to be a very difficult undertaking by FB to reactivate it.
    I am keeping my fingers crossed hopefully it soon will be back up.

  • http://www.thetributeshow.co.uk John Hammond

    Yes, Facebook have certainly been aggressisive with banning people including myself. What is extremely frustrating is that Facebook suggest friends and people you may know. By clicking on these suggested names I have been band 3 times and have been warned that the next time it may be permanant. Since then I have reduced my use of Facebook.

  • wilner

    I think this same thing will occur on Google+.

  • http://thewebsensesolution.com Jon

    I couldn’t care less… if Facebook doesn’t want revenue from developers, they will find somewhere else to develop for and users will slowly migrate away when quality content is reduced. Facebook doesn’t care if I care, so why should I care? Lol… I eagerly await the next big thing instead.

  • http://www.kalejia.com خليجية

    I think this same thing will occur on Google

  • http://www.ldii-sidoarjo.org ldii

    We don’t find Facebook useful except we meet old friends.

  • http://www.askiyogi.com/ jordanstella

    In the recent past many controversial pages had been created on Facebook. Its good that Facebook is working on to improve this automated system.

  • Kepin

    i like

  • Dory

    The banning rampage continues. Myself and many of my friends have been banned for 15 days. We share links and info with each other and many group pages involved with gas fracking. Now it looks like not only are the gas corps fracking, but also FB is fracking us too.

    we are looking for options other than FB, and if an acceptable one is found there will be a mass migration. FB will soon join the other giants like AOL and MYSpace at the internet graveyard.

  • http://www.birkenstockonline.info/ Ofelia Carranco

    Bottles for your web site often rule isn’t followed..

  • http://community.atom.com/Post/Novelty-Gift-Ideas/03EFBFFFF024679BD0008015B3BE2 novelties

    Thankyou for this post, I am a big big fan of this site would like to continue updated.

  • http://Google mahfudzspdi

    I like it

  • http://www.vert.pl Vert.pl

    Very well. Spam is flooding us from all sides recently. Need to somehow counteract.

  • Ed

    Yeah, we were just talking about jewelry alright…

    This kind of worthless post by a blog backlink bot will be the next target of Google. I almost feel sorry for the website at the other end of these links if they’re not ‘nofollow.’

  • http://thewebsensesolution.com Jon

    Please go back and re-read the article about how greyhat seo companies are spamming in comments for links. If you were good at what you did, we wouldn’t know this was spam right off the bat.

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