Monday, September 28, 2009
Facebook removes polling application after gross misuse
Facebook pulled a third-party application letting users create polls (that can be private or public) after the application was used for what we can say was a grossly inappropriate purpose. The Secret Service had asked Facebook by email that it be removed, but Facebook says its users had just already caught it and reported it. The developer of the application will be expected to create controls preventing such misuse, although it is hard to imagine how that would be done. The problem is that almost any plug-in poll or quiz application could be used for wrongful purposes. Similar problems exist with forums and blog comments. Section 230 was supposed to apply, I thought.
The CNN story on the incident is here.
Some news sites (especially AOL) take user polls associated with stories all the time.