It seems the group has been restored, no doubt due the registers enquiries. Those interested in joining or forwarding general abuse (you'd be surprised) can find us here:
Facebook has silenced a 20,000-strong campaign group dedicated to the seemingly innocuous goal of stopping the site from forcing people to use the verb "to be" in their status updates. The group, entitled "Campaign to lose the mandatory 'is' from facebook updates!", disappeared overnight on Wednesday without any warning to its …
I suspect this is a fault rather than a deliberate attempt to 'quash the uprising'. There are plenty of far more contraversial groups on Facebook and I can't see any good reason why they'd ban this one without warning.
I for one am glad their campaign looks like it will fail. I could not bear the thought of seeing what all those idiots will be writing when it just reads their name and whatever inane comment they choose to follow. At least the present system requires some small modicum of thought and can provide somewhat entertaining grammatical somersaults as people try to work out how to say what they are doing!
I'd have thought the same, except for that I asked the company what had happened to it, and they responded by telling me about how they can remove anything they please for whatever reason they please, not that it could be a fault.
Glad to see it back though.
Seems like the admins at FACEBOOK are the same ones at Plenty Of Fish dating site.
POF mods and admins do not like it if lets say for example:
A black girl only hunts for white dates
A black man only hunts and chats only for asian women
A white man that only hunts and chats with asian women.
The examples above and you will get an email from POF admin
that you must give other races a chance to date you......
EXUSE ME??? are you my mother or father?
I think not!
Facebook should take a page out of the "I r Weasel" cartoon and change the "is" to "are"...
But otherwise the chris agrees with 'Silly anti-grammarians' post above. Trying to manipulate the english language and being able to express onesself in the third person is something the chris enjoys doing. it makes chris feel like a professional athlete. the chris likes that.
Reminds me of my friends problem a few weeks ago... he put an alias into facebook when he signed up, so instead of "joe jim bloggs", he called himself "joe jim"..... after he realised he could make his profile private to people he didnt like, he asked them to change his name to his real name.... after a week he got a reply saying his request was either unacceptable and/or misleading..... so basically, facebook refused to let him be called who he was... and then they told him he couldn't request it again for several weeks.
In the mean time, my wife changed her name to her maiden name so her friends would know who she was within a day.... and 2 weeks later changed it again to her married name. No questions asked..... slightly odd!! Is this a sexism thing?? I wonder!
I'm actually considering closing my facebook account... I must admit, it is nice seeing friends I haven't been in contact with for 15 years, but with problems using facebook app's, the constant stream of privacy issues, and this latest censorship or admin-cockup, I am starting to realise they aren't the harmless little alternative networking site they started out as.
Phuck' em, get some real friends and do what you did before the "Internet Social Notworking" revolution. Real beer beats virtual beer any day of the week. Anyway does anyone really need Twofacedbook? There should be a law against wiping out 20,000 people. Pulling Faces indeed.
So you sign up to a site which has TOCs stating it can do what it likes, when it likes, if it likes and get pissed off when they actually do that?
Do you expect to have rights just because the site is now internationally popular?
If we can't trust sites which take our money and have very strict guidance under our laws how can you trust a site which you use for free and for no purpose!
Mysteriously, a few months ago, a similar thing happened with a group for 2007 Imperial College London freshers. I can vouch that there was nothing dodgy/incriminating in there, and we were all completely baffled. The group vanished for a couple of weeks as the creator tried to get some kind of response from Facebook. When they eventually got back to her, they said it was removed in error and will be restored very shortly, and so it was... I think it must just be a case of Facebook Absconding Group Syndrome
Got an e-mail a month ago from a 'friend' I hadn't heard from in months inviting me to join this site.
I declined and sent them a mail asking them not to put my address into such sites as I already have a problem with spam, I also asked them how they were, I'm still waiting for a response to my mail...
Who needs friends that want to generate more spam for you/expose you to potential ID fraud.
It was explained in the article...
Basically on facebook you can record a custom 'status' message for all your friends to see, but it begins with an unalterable "is", for example: "John Doe is ...". This results in lots of people either not realising or not caring enough and putting "Sally smith is has just got back from the shops". Moreover, it limits the sorts of status messages you can set.
As is the norm with the reg of late, your attention to detail is outstanding!
You counter Tim's argument that it was a fault, with:
"I'd have thought the same, except for that I asked the company what had happened to it, and they responded by telling me about how they can remove anything they please for whatever reason they please, not that it could be a fault."
When Tim stated:
Conratulations, you missed the point. Tim guessed that they might have spun you a yarn rather than tell you the truth, and you argue, moronically, that they would never have spun you a yarn and would have told you the truth when you asked. Keep up the good work.
Glad to see you suck though.
Not El Reg, thankfully.
No, Oliver, I have not missed the point. My argument was it is far worse for a company like Facebook to be assumed to be gagging dissent than it is to have a minor technical problem.
I'm sorry if you needed this spelling out more explicitly. Keep up the scrutiny.
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