Tag Archives: abuse

I’m on Facebook double secret probation!

I just got flagged for abuse by Facebook, in a message that doesn’t explain what my behavior was or how I need to change it.

I received an email from Facebook that says I’m “temporarily restricted from creating Open Graph actions” until 9:54 am tomorrow. Apparently I’ve been abusing the privilege. The notice doesn’t say how I’ve been abusive and what behavior I need to change.

I know Open Graph is how Facebook decides what images to use with a post, and that it probably does other things too. I’m no Open Graph expert.

Also, why send the notice to me on email – where I might mistake it for a phishing attempt – rather than as a Facebook message?

Actually, I can’t swear that it’s not a phishing attempt. I’m pretty sure it’s not, but who can be 100% sure.

Really poor communications, Facebook.

Update 10:46 am: I also received the notice as a Facebook notification. Still, the main part of my complaint stands: Facebook doesn’t explain what I did wrong and how I should correct this behavior.

Sharing economy companies such as Airbnb and Uber are built for abuse

They’ve got billions of dollars of capitalization they can use for public relations and lobbying to bulldoze regulatory oversight.

They’re privately held, so they’re not required to report finance and operations details.

The business model encourages “fake it until you make it” operations. Early investors, who often provide oversight for privately held startups, have every incentive to go along. After all, if the companies fail, investors lose out.

The whole thing is structured for disaster. At least one of these companies is going to turn out to be a fraud of Enronesque or Madoffian proportions. And that’s the best-case scenario — with Enron and Bernie Madoff, the only thing victims risked was money.

[The Sharing Economy’s Dirty Laundry / Tom Slee / Jacobin]

Fighting the twits on Twitter


Del Harvey is Twitter’s vice president of trust and safety, charged with cleaning up abuse and spam. She has a colorful past.

She isn’t a lawyer and won’t say if she graduated from college. Del Harvey is not her legal name. She is secretive about her past but allows that she grew up in the South, where she spent a summer as a lifeguard at a state mental institution working with troubled youth. Her education about the dark side of the Internet came instead from experience. In 2003, when she was 21, she started volunteering for Perverted Justice, a group that posed as young kids online to engage potential pedophiles in chats. When they “caught” one, they’d post the chats along with the identity of the would-be molester. She eventually became the site’s law enforcement liaison, bundling up evidence for local police, and later, thanks to being small of frame, reprised her young-girl (and boy) decoy role on the NBC show To Catch a Predator. Her work put people in jail, and she adopted the pseudonym then to conceal her identity from exposed pedophiles. “I do a lot in my life to make myself difficult to locate.” It informs her work: She advised Twitter to scrub location data from uploaded photos to prevent stalkers from using them to locate people.

Harvey was hired by Twitter in 2008 to deal with a proliferation of spam accounts harassing early users. “Del became an encyclopedia of the weird things people were doing,” says Twitter cofounder Jason Goldman. Though she accidentally shut down the founders’ accounts as “spam” when she first arrived, she proved herself by thwarting the pranksters at chatboard 4Chan from derailing a race between Ashton Kutcher and CNN to be the first Twitter user with a million followers. Rather than delete the 4Chan Twitter account programmed to rapidly rack up fake followers, Harvey recommended silently throttling it, says Goldman, so that it wouldn’t simply be replaced with a new one. When Goldman left in 2010, his farewell advice was to protect Twitter’s brand by protecting users and “respecting their voice.” He wrote, “In case of emergency, trust Del.”

Meet Del Harvey, Twitter’s Troll Patrol