Why Does Facebook Block Any Mention Of BugMeNot?

from the waste-of-time dept

Remember back about four years ago when all sorts of online publishers relied on bogus registrations and freaked out about services like BugMeNot that required registration? Over the past few years, BugMeNot has become a lot less essential, because a lot of publications have been getting rid of registration walls or at least providing real value for registering, rather than just forcing you to input bogus info. However, apparently the folks over at Facebook are so against the concept of BugMeNot they won't even let you mention it (via Slashdot. Apparently, if you mention BugMeNot.com in your status message, Facebook warns you that the "message contains blocked content." I guess that's what you get for relying on a messaging system controlled by someone else, but it still seems like a bizarre thing for Facebook to block.


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    Vicki, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 4:48pm

    BugMeNot

    Wow ever heard of first ammendment rights?

     

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    Derek, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 4:57pm

    Facebook hates anon e-mail

    They have been working very hard to remove access for anyone that uses an disposable e-mail service. So I guess this goes along with that crusade. Although it does take it to a whole other level.

     

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    Yoyohead, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 5:01pm

    Re: BugMeNot

    Nope, MySpace is a private club that you sign up to join. They can block whatever they want. Its lame to block that, but they can.

     

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    Michael Long, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 5:12pm

    Registrations

    I know several sites that automatically revoke registrations that use disposible emails or obviously false information (john doe, asdgfs@asda.com).

    They believe they're providing a lot of good content in exchange for a valid registration (which they don't spam). If the user doesn't live up to his side of the bargin, then they feel they're justified in cutting him off.

     

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    Rose M. Welch, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 5:18pm

    I love BugMeNot! It's awesome, as it RetailMeNot. I can very much see why Facebook would want to block it, but you think they'd see why knowing it was blocked would piss people off...

    It's kinda funny actually because now more people are going to know about the site.

     

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    Matt, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 5:19pm

    I think they fixed it

    It gave me the warning earlier today, but it seems to be working fine now.

     

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    Bill G, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 5:32pm

    bugmenot

    I know a guy that has a couple of small forums and all he does is go on bugmenot and search for the site and block the logins on there and then says does not bother blocking the site in posts and stuff. I guess the big guys are not that smart huh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 6:03pm

    1st amendment is right to free speech. Most people don't realize this is about gov't. Meaning you can criticize your gov't and you won't goto jail. Everyone expects every little thing to go with it. no one has read a history book.

     

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    john doe, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 6:09pm

    my name IS john doe... those insensitive clods!

     

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    Jack Sombra, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 6:38pm

    "I know several sites that automatically revoke registrations that use disposible emails or obviously false information (john doe, asdgfs@asda.com)."
    Funny thing is asda.com is the site for one of the top 3 supermarket chains in the UK

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 7:31pm

    Re: Registrations

    So just how does just mentioning BugMeNot equate to "the user doesn't live up to his side of the bargin"?

     

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    MikeR, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 7:43pm

    Facebook probably subscribes to one of the blacklisting sites that included BugMeNot in their blacklist. Not necessarily evil - just lazy.

     

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    Paul`, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 7:47pm

    Re: BugMeNot

    Ever heard that Facebookis hosted on private servers and is not a country? You have no rights to free speech on internet messaging systems like myspace and facebook.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 8:27pm

    Re:

    Ha ha ha! He he he! *snort!*

    "Meaning you can criticize your gov't and you won't goto(sic) jail."

    Seriously? Really? You believe that?
    Go ahead, criticize the stupid fluff bullshit which gets bandied around day-in and day-out--nobody cares.

    But, get close to the truth and mention to the wrong person how your government is wrong and see how fast you become a "terrorist" in charge of some plot (which you've never heard of) and then it's just capture you (you terrorist fuck) and ship you off to Guantanamo Bay.

     

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    steve, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 9:36pm

    just tried it out on my facebook and nothing happened. would love to know the whole story.

     

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    ike, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 10:03pm

    Wow ever heard of first ammendment rights?

    You have the right to say almost everything you want, but Facebook doesn't have any obligation to publish it.

     

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    Michael Long, Sep 5th, 2008 @ 10:18pm

    Re:

    Unless asdgfs is a genuine Hindu or Arabic name I suspect that the combination is sufficiently suspicious, especially when coupled with a login name of John Doe... (grin)

     

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    anon, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 2:12am

    not blocked

    it's not blocked anymore.

     

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    chris (profile), Sep 6th, 2008 @ 7:02am

    mailinator FTW

     

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    BTR1701, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 7:31am

    Re: BugMeNot

    > Wow ever heard of first ammendment rights?

    Wow, ever actually read the Constitution?

    The 1st Amendment only protects against government censorship. It has no bearing on the actions of a privately owned web site.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 7:34am

    Re: Re:

    > But, get close to the truth and mention to the wrong person
    > how your government is wrong

    And what "truth" might that be? I want to put your little theory to the test.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 9:07am

    Re: Re:

    Unless asdgfs is a genuine Hindu or Arabic name I suspect that the combination is sufficiently suspicious,
    What? Email addresses are just that, addresses. They are not personal names.
    especially when coupled with a login name of John Doe... (grin)
    I've got another news flash for you, John Doe is a legitimate name. You may not like it, but that's not the point.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 9:16am

    Re: Re: Re:

    And what "truth" might that be?

    I suspect that might be any truth that those with sufficient authority find to be sufficiently threatening to such authority. You can take it from there.

    I want to put your little theory to the test.

    Go ahead. They'll keep the light on for you at Gitmo.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 11:16am

    Re: Re: BugMeNot

    Thank you for replying to that.

     

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    Todd Nugent, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 3:12pm

    FaceBook is a total scam. But if you use the service, then expect to be told what to do by Zuckerberg. That's the way it is.

     

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    IrishDaze, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 7:22pm

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    I hadn't heard of RetailMeNot before. Thanks for mentioning it!!

     

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    Pinky Floyd, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 7:50pm

    Geeze...People should just get a 'junk' e-mail account with Google and use that to give out indiscriminately and just check it once a month to empty it out.

    That's what I do...

    /And when they do send me e-mail crap..I list it as 'spam'. Let the big boys at Google deal with them.

     

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    Stefan Mai, Sep 6th, 2008 @ 8:24pm

    Tech Solution?

    Any how hard would it be to write a script that polls bugmenot.com and bans any valid usernames and passwords that show up there?

     

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    Novice, Sep 7th, 2008 @ 8:13pm

    ...?

    Sorry, feel a little out of place reading this, but what -is- BugMeNot?

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 7th, 2008 @ 11:49pm

    Shouldn't That Be Rephrased As ...

    "Remember back about four years ago when all sorts of online publishers required registration and freaked out about services like BugMeNot that allowed you to create bogus registrations?"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 7th, 2008 @ 11:59pm

    Re: Tech Solution?

    Seems like it would also be an easy for admins to ban users they didn't like for personal or other reasons without admitting the true reason. Just give the username and password to BugMeNot and then ban the "bad" user because his info "turned up" on BugMeNot.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 11th, 2008 @ 2:55am

    Re: Re: BugMeNot

    > the Constitution?

    > only protects against government

    > It has no bearing on the actions of a privately owned web site

    Oh, really?

    So when your "privately owned" company also decides it won't hire "Negroes" then what?

    GOTCHA!

     

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    bugmenot, Oct 15th, 2008 @ 9:03am

    Um, that's not free speech that's discrimination by race.
    ha ha GOTCHA

     

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    EEBIE, Feb 14th, 2009 @ 5:20pm

    EEBIE

    EAT ASS HAIR.droppedthebomb.com

     

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    bypass rd to, Nov 24th, 2010 @ 9:31pm

    No more blocked bugmenot!

    Hey check out this new site, they don't block urls! http://bypass.rd.to/

     

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    eric bess, Jan 21st, 2013 @ 1:12am

    surveilance

    facebook is used to collect information. if someone is logging in from an account from multiple ip addresses, it makes it difficult for the u.s govt to keep tabs on you.

     

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