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[Video] Facebook Panics, Censors Google+ Invites

Authored by: Steven Blum — Aug 18, 2011

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. 

Source: Bits and Pieces

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • Keefers Aug 18, 2011 Link to comment

    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?

  • 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 to comment

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

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

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

  • 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 to comment

    facebook will soon be changing their home base to China.

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