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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Michael Long (user link) says:


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.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: 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.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: 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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