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(Boston.com)   FTC says charging Facebook users $30 to change their status from "jerk" to "not a jerk" was probably illegal and definitely a jerk move   (boston.com) divider line 39
    More: Interesting, Hingham, Federal Trade Commission, Facebook users, Napster, unfair business practices  
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10653 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Apr 2014 at 10:02 AM (23 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-04-08 08:41:30 AM
If I saw that I was on there as a 'jerk', I'd probably have to agree with them.
 
2014-04-08 09:09:33 AM
Now there's a terribly misleading headline. Subby's a $60 jerk.
 
2014-04-08 09:20:00 AM
What a wonderful scam to play on insecure narcissists.
 
2014-04-08 09:37:40 AM
Facebook? What's that? Is that something you watch on those cable TV's I don't own?
 
2014-04-08 09:55:14 AM
Just as long as they're not telling anyone I'm a bozo or a crumbum.
 
2014-04-08 09:59:53 AM

stpauler: What a wonderful scam to play on insecure narcissists.


STOP TALKING ABOUT ME!
 
Skr
2014-04-08 10:06:53 AM
Jerk? They talking about an asshole or a little rub-n-tug?
 
2014-04-08 10:08:00 AM
That is definitely not what I expected Jerk.com to be about.
 
2014-04-08 10:08:08 AM
Maria Crimi Speth, an attorney representing Fanning and his website, told Boston.com on Monday that the information Jerk.com obtained from Facebook was publicly available.

"We were equally horrified to discover that Facebook is placing personal information from its users including name, and photographs in the pubic domain without requiring any agreement to its terms of service where anyone can acquire it," she said via email. "Most users don't know this is happening."

"It's certainly about time that the FTC finally agrees with us and will clamp down on Facebook for what is clearly a unfair and deceptive practice that the Facebook founder has been exploiting for a very long time," she added.


The balls on this woman. That is epic concern-trolling.
 
2014-04-08 10:09:43 AM
$30 to close your account then, I guess.
 
2014-04-08 10:12:56 AM
How about Samsung "upgrading" its YouTube interface so it now plays 30 commercials from Facebook?

Haven't used the Samsung YouTube since. Never will again. Congratulations Samsung! You lost another customer! And thank you Facebook! I'm so glad I sold at 64.

/may buy FB again. there's hate and then there's stupid money
 
2014-04-08 10:14:02 AM
What is this website, I looked for a jerk.com and what I found was mostly empty...
 
2014-04-08 10:14:59 AM
Is this classmates.com?  Do they even still exist?

Someone is trying to contact you-- just pay a bit of money and we will tell you who.....
 
2014-04-08 10:32:09 AM
If you want to be labeled "not a jerk", you can send them a text with the words "jerk off".
 
2014-04-08 10:32:42 AM
FTFA: "We were equally horrified to discover that Facebook is placing personal information from its users including name, and photographs in the pubic domain"  (emphasis added)

/sounds painful
 
2014-04-08 10:46:59 AM

NutWrench: Maria Crimi Speth, an attorney representing Fanning and his website, told Boston.com on Monday that the information Jerk.com obtained from Facebook was publicly available.

"We were equally horrified to discover that Facebook is placing personal information from its users including name, and photographs in the pubic domain without requiring any agreement to its terms of service where anyone can acquire it," she said via email. "Most users don't know this is happening."

The balls on this woman. That is epic concern-trolling.



I'm just perplexed as to how Ms. Speth managed to become an attorney without even a cursory understanding of the legal term "public domain".
 
2014-04-08 10:51:14 AM
Well, just having a Facebook account pretty much puts you in the "jerk" category, so no new news here.

/pretty much king shiat of fark island over here
 
2014-04-08 11:09:43 AM
Serious question here... who gives a shiat about whether some website nobody visits labels you "jerk" or "not a jerk"?
 
2014-04-08 11:09:50 AM
why the hell isn't jerk.com a porn site?
 
2014-04-08 11:17:48 AM

Chabash: What is this website, I looked for a jerk.com and what I found was mostly empty...


They must have taken the facebook profile stuff down. Now its just a crappy wordpress blog.

/disappointed
 
2014-04-08 11:33:05 AM
Joke's on them. Jerk store just called, they're all outta me.
 
2014-04-08 11:48:56 AM
That site likes the N-word.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-08 11:58:01 AM

Rhino_man: Serious question here... who gives a shiat about whether some website nobody visits labels you "jerk" or "not a jerk"?


I can understand the "slut shaming" sites being controversial... But some website just calling me a jerk, artificially.... yeah, I think the give-a-farkometer is flatlining.
 
2014-04-08 12:22:07 PM

poot_rootbeer: NutWrench: Maria Crimi Speth, an attorney representing Fanning and his website, told Boston.com on Monday that the information Jerk.com obtained from Facebook was publicly available.

"We were equally horrified to discover that Facebook is placing personal information from its users including name, and photographs in the pubic domain without requiring any agreement to its terms of service where anyone can acquire it," she said via email. "Most users don't know this is happening."

The balls on this woman. That is epic concern-trolling.


I'm just perplexed as to how Ms. Speth managed to become an attorney without even a cursory understanding of the legal term "public domain".


I'm perplexed that you believe for one second that Ms. Speth doesn't have a very firm grasp of the meaning of said term. See "epic concern-trolling" comment above.
 
2014-04-08 12:51:15 PM
I didn't even know such a website existed! Off to find exes!

/kidding
//can't be bothered
 
2014-04-08 12:57:25 PM
Not really sure how the government can censor what someone posts on the internet... sounds highly unconstitutional.
 
2014-04-08 01:03:18 PM

verbaltoxin: Facebook? What's that? Is that something you watch on those cable TV's I don't own?


This short video explains how Facebook works.

/I love this commercial
//I unfriend you
 
2014-04-08 01:17:20 PM
Well, that website must not be for dumb jerks, I can't even figure out how to search if I'm on it.
 
2014-04-08 01:26:14 PM
As long as it's not pulling from my FetLife profile, we're all good.
 
2014-04-08 01:27:51 PM
img2.wikia.nocookie.net
^ Not concerned.
 
2014-04-08 01:53:27 PM

MythDragon: [img2.wikia.nocookie.net image 265x397]
^ Not concerned.


Damn you, beat me to it.
 
2014-04-08 02:31:28 PM
Not concerned.
 
2014-04-08 02:38:27 PM
i.ebayimg.com
 
2014-04-08 02:57:25 PM
All the ads on that site are for thermoses. Thermoses with vinyl and stripes and a cup built right in.
 
2014-04-08 05:31:30 PM
All of you fail. ALL OF YOU.

static.guim.co.uk
 
2014-04-08 06:48:31 PM

Bullseyed: Not really sure how the government can censor what someone posts on the internet... sounds highly unconstitutional.


Seems the FTC is investigating if the content was illegally obtained and if they were scamming payers out of money (by not actually doing anything despite being paid).

Both are perfectly valid reasons for the government to "censor what someone posts."
 
2014-04-08 08:58:47 PM

Mager: All of you fail. ALL OF YOU.

[static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]


Oh really?
 
2014-04-08 09:35:02 PM

Chabash: What is this website, I looked for a jerk.com and what I found was mostly empty...


Same here, it's just a wordpress blog, set to default it looks like. This is what all the butthurt is about?
 
2014-04-09 09:17:35 AM
This is why I only use Facebook to interact with friends and family. I don't interact with any Groups or businesses. I'm not worried about getting blackmailed for being a jerk as much as it just makes my feed cleaner.
 
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