9. They€™ve Added The 'Buy' Button Despite Promising Not To
In a move to begin competing directly with online shopping giants like Amazon, Facebook are trialing the incorporation of a €˜buy€™ button on newsfeed advertisements as of this month. That€™s despite their COO promising they€™d never do so, as recently as a conference call in January. Previously, Facebook tried something a little similar with use of a site-specific currency for purchasing products advertised through them, but this was abandoned a little while ago after users failed to take them up on it. Well, 'Facebook Credits' does sound a little bit like something out of a bad dystopian sci-fi novel. The latest part of a long-running plan to make the social media behemoth more attractive to paid advertisers (who, let€™s not forget, Facebook provides with your data), the €˜buy€™ button is set to bring direct purchase to your Facebook experience alongside the targeted advertising that already corrupts your newsfeeds and timelines. Essentially, what this means is that all of those really irritating invasions of privacy, sold data and target marketing on this €˜social media€™ website just became properly monetised for the first time. You don€™t even need to leave Facebook to buy the products that it pushes to you. It reminds us of that moment when we realised that half the south coast of England had a London dialling code. It's everywherrre.
8. Their Reporting Guidelines Are Draconian And Tyrannical
With billions of posts to the site every day, not all of which are appropriate or even legal, Facebook clearly requires a strong process for users to report content they see on their newsfeeds and timelines that they don€™t wish to see. However, this process is horribly flawed and badly applied. Facebook outsources its post reporting teams overseas and leaves it entirely up to those workers to determine whether a post violates either a) the law or b) the site€™s own Terms Of Service, and if it does, what action should be taken. However, these teams seem often to ignore very real concerns (like, for example, the multiple reporting of groups advocating racism, encouraging animal cruelty, or posting images of abuse), while censoring things like images of homosexual couples kissing, sculptures representing implied nudity, etc. That's right... far right organisations are allowed to peddle their hate, but a link to an art exhibition's website containing a still image of a modest sculpture of a naked pensioner can be reported and the poster banned for a month. Not that we're still bitter about that. These issues mean that stalkers and trolls are fully capable of reporting innocent Facebook users and having their accounts limited temporarily, banned or even deleted. And of course there€™s almost never any right of reply when you are reported by someone for something that should be utterly irreproachable, because€