Well Known Blogger Forced to Join NAMBLA Group Due To Facebook Policy

October 8, 2010

(ChattahBox Technology News) – Facebook recently released a whole new format for their groups, including new privacy settings to give more control to users. But one thing they forgot to cover: the ability to opt out of joining one.

A number of people have found themselves added to groups without their permission, including popular blogger and techie Jason Calcanis. He was mortified to sign into his account and see that he had been added to the Facebook group for the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).

For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a group dedicated to pedophiles who have tried to take an argument to the mainstream about their “love” for boys being acceptable.

“There is no opt-in,” the blogger said, adding that he is certainly not for the promotion of any kind of behavior that would constitute the abuse of little boys.

But Facebook says this is by design. The purpose is to allow people who are on your friends list have control over adding you into a social group. So, Calcanis had someone on his list who had a NAMBLA group, and he decided the blogger should join.

“If you don’t trust someone to look out for you when making these types of decisions on the site, we’d suggest that you shouldn’t be friends on Facebook,” spokesperson Jaime Schopflin said, giving one of the stupidest rationalities ever.

“If you have a friend that is adding you to groups you do not want to belong to, or they are behaving in a way that bothers you, you can tell them to stop doing it, block them or remove them as a friend — and they will no longer ever have the ability to add you to any group.”

Mark Zuckerberg has come out to say this is made to be similar to how real life interactions work. Apparently, in his world, our friends, family or coworkers or just slight acquaintances have the level of power over out lives needed to make decisions as to what social group we are a part of.

Anyone else amazed at the idiocy of that statement?


Comments

3 Responses to “Well Known Blogger Forced to Join NAMBLA Group Due To Facebook Policy”

  1. Old Man Dotes on October 8th, 2010 11:42 am

    Effective immediately, I will be adding every person I can fool into friending me to the NAMBLA group. I suggest everyone else do likewise.

  2. artdemouy on October 11th, 2010 9:28 am

    Just one good reason to avoid Facebook. People, read the fine print before you decide to join a group that requires you to give up away any of your rights to become a member of the group. When you give up your rights you have only yourself to blame if you get screwed.

  3. PAD on October 24th, 2010 7:10 pm

    I’ve started a facebook group called “FB groups should be opt-in not opt-out” it already has 121 members in just seconds.

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