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December 22, 2014

He’s Coming For Your Inbox

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In addition to making all profiles now searchable by the general public, Faceberg (above) is now selling the right to spam your inbox for a rumored $1 per message. In their words, “someone you’re not connected to on Facebook may pay to ensure their message is routed to your inbox instead of your Other folder.”

Combined, this means a stranger can not only find you but be guaranteed the ability to reach your inbox. You can still block a message or mark it as spam, but only after the fact.

Those with stalkers and/or a homicidal ex should also be aware that the sender will be advised of the time at which you saw the message. Because that’s totally not creepy.

This comes not a week after their Instagram subsidiary told you what it thinks of your privacy. In the latter case, don’t be fooled by PR damage control and press releases—keep your eye on the terms of service.

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16 Responses to “He’s Coming For Your Inbox”
  1. I don’t put anything! on fb that the world can’t know and I like being reconnected with some old friends. And I have made some new ones thanks to Harry Potter. But I am not ok with fb letting people send me messages who are strangers . What is the point of having privacy settings.

    I have a friend who has a stalker and she doesn’t do fb or anything like it.

  2. Jag24 says:

    Does anyone know much about Friendio?

  3. CorningNY says:

    I deliberately created my Facebook account using a secondary G-mail account I have, which I rarely check. If I want to communicate with someone (or him/her with me) he/she can send me a message directly on Facebook.

  4. Pinwheel says:

    I suppose we could have seen this coming. I am also very tempted to delete. However, I don’t have a big presence but have enjoyed contact with HS friends and I’ve been fortunate to get linked to some interesting, politically sympathetic, clever and smart folks and would/will miss that. I don’t get too much spam thru my yahoo filter and they seem to remember what I indicate. Good info from all, thanx, n

  5. Zyxomma says:

    Arrgghhhhh. I already get SO much spam (mostly through my biz email address, and mostly counterfeit watch sellers, Viagra sales, and eastern European whores) that I probably won’t notice more.

  6. Jeanne Devon says:

    And, of course, don’t forget to “like” our page on Facebook… :)

  7. JaneE says:

    Okay, question . . . I was on FB but only to play a little poker. Most of the people who _friended_ me used it as a daily journal, like a diary but wanting feedback and etc. I got really bored and opted out of FB since I noted then, more than a couple of years ago, that I was getting a lot of spam too. I don’t even want to go back and check . . . so question: Do I have to worry about this or do anything to ensure that my data is purged from FB since I opted out? Inquiring minds, etc . . .

    • Alaska Pi says:

      go back and DELETE your account. otherwise it is merely inactive and easily made active again every time the folks there change all their privacy (yeah right) crap- happened to me after almost 2 years of “inactive” status.

  8. Alaska Pi says:

    Inactive account now deleted…
    Wasn’t really appealing to me to begin with but
    I hope , for those who do use Facebook, that this gets sorted out sensibly.
    These non-brilliant ideas for generating income, be it for “providing a service” like
    “… selling the right to spam your inbox for a rumored $1 per message. In their words, “someone you’re not connected to on Facebook may pay to ensure their message is routed to your inbox instead of your Other folder.”
    or selling your info for other reasons are worrisome on multiple counts.

    • mike from iowa says:

      Took two weeks after I closed my account before they verified it was deleted. I quit a couple years ago because they couldn’t or wouldn’t protect account info. Liking someone in person is much better than liking them by pushing a button. Probably prefer to be unfriended in person,too. Makes it seem more dramatic.

  9. GCH says:

    Sounds like the only solution, short of cancelling your FB account, is to have absolutely no profile info. Maybe even use a fake name. I will also be considering closing my account. Zuckerburg is really pushing his luck.

  10. Beaglemom says:

    We don’t use Facebook. It has always seemed to be a very middle-school concept and, after seeing the movie about how it was created, our impression was confirmed. While I’d love to be in closer contact with my grandchildren, they’ll have to resort to email, snail mail or the telephone. I’m certainly willing to.

  11. slipstream says:

    This is not complicated. Google’s motto is “don’t be evil.” Facebook’s is “we’re not Google.”

  12. Lacy Lady says:

    This just plain Smells!
    I know a young woman who had a cyber staker for 6 yrs before he was caught. Spent a lot of money for Atty fees & etc. If I understand all of the above—this could provide a staker with an open field to anyone.

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