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So, if you’ve been keeping an eye on Facebook news you may have noticed ReadWriteWeb’s article “Speed Dating on the Oregon Trail.” I’m the type of person who likes to keep their friends up to date on news so they don’t, say, get surprised by opening up their favorite app and seeing a speed dating service instead of the game they downloaded it for and I tried to post a note about this news. However, Facebook is apparently censoring any mention of SpeedDate.com.

As you can see above any note post that contains “SpeedDate.com” is automatically prevented from being posted. Instead you get a brief warning saying that “Warning: This Message Contains Blocked Content” and followed by “Some content in this message has been reported as abusive by Facebook users.”

To double check I tried posting a note that only said “SpeedDate.com” and got the same error. All this says is Facebook users, something difficult to double check. Who is trying to block news of SpeedDate.com from being distributed on Facebook? Considering that they are now an App provider, if I were the paranoid type, I’d say this bordered on conspiracy.

What is the method by which abusive content on Facebook is determined and, if this website has been determined to be abusive by Facebook, why the hell are they letting them put up an app? Is Facebook suppressing news of the app change?



  1. Madman on Friday 24, 2008

    I believe this could be because when you signup to the service on speeddate.com it links in with your Facebook account and posts on your wall. Users might have marked this as spam thus Facebook has prevented it global

  2. Madman on Friday 24, 2008

    Update: Facebook banned speeddate as they created fake profiles of Facebook users without their permission and tried to link them

    Source: http://techcrunch.com/2009/02/03/password-optionalhuge-security-breach-hits-speeddate/

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