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[Video] Facebook Panics, Censors Google+ Invites

Steven Blum

It might not surprise anyone that Facebook is taking pains to ensure their users aren't exposed to their social-networking rival, Google+, but the way in which the company is going about about this is quite interesting. In the video below you can see how when a user posts a Google+ invite to their wall, the post won't show up on a friend's feed. Take a look:

On the one hand, I think it's quite a stealthy way to keep out the competition – after all, you'd have to log in under two different accounts to even realize you'd been censored. On the other hand, I'm a bit disturbed that it's so easy for Facebook to censor content on their site. And such extreme measures shouldn't be neccessary if Facebook truly felt confident about their product. 

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  • Keefers Aug 18, 2011 Link

    Time will tell, some are unhappy w/ facebook now days... 550k androids activated each.... To activate a Droid, You need a google email.... Time will tell?

  • Louis Hong Aug 18, 2011 Link

    I don't think Facebook has anything to worry about. They still have over 75x the number of users on Google+ and Google ain't catching up to that number anytime soon.

  • Zhu Lee Aug 18, 2011 Link

    @Keefers yeah, maybe Facebook will suddenly be totally cool with censoring content just to get ahead.

  • Adrienne Chan Aug 18, 2011 Link

    I've actually posted that link to my wall as well...wonder if it was censored from friends' feeds now....HMMM...

  • Arthur Cushman Aug 18, 2011 Link

    I don't think it's censoring if it's a competitor.

  • Peter Long Aug 18, 2011 Link

    I don't see what all the fuss is about. If you're McDonald's are you going to let Burger King advertise in your store?

  • Keefers Aug 18, 2011 Link

    facebook will soon be changing their home base to China.