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Facebook Groups Now Forces People To Join Without Their Consent.

Facebook recently changed its group settings and added a very troubling and questionable feature. Before the changes groups were opt-in where a group administrator could invite friends into a group giving them a choice whether they wanted to join or not. Now, however, Facebook has changed it to opt-out. When new groups are created the administrator of the group can join any of their friends and they become members without their consent.

What is Facebook thinking? This has the potential to become the new way of spamming and mischief making. Infact one Facebook user who was in Mark Zuckerberg’s friends list was so outraged by this new feature he created a fake NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association) page and force joined Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook people into the group. The group was shut down but the forced join feature remains so apparantly the message was not recieved by Facebook.

Facebook groups are now going to be very difficult to promote without the invite feature because I for one do not want to force anyone into a group and I do not want to be forced to join a group even if I can opt-out. Doing so is a good way to lose friends fast.

Facebook needs to change this quickly. It has lawsuit written all over it.

I have created a Facebook group “Facebook, I Do Not Want To Be Forced Joined into a Group

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Enjoy a virtual strip search every time you fly

bodyscanHow do you feel about those full body scanners at the airport? Most U.S. airports will have them by the end of 2009. Just how detailed are the scans anyway?

There I was in all my glory. My face was blurred out but the rest of my body was clear as day.
She rotated the black and white 3-D image so I could see every contour of my body, including my private parts. I could see sweat under my arms, the rivets in my jeans and a pack of gum in my back pocket.

Apparently the TSA thinks the scanners are the greatest thing since, well since the ‘puffer’. Remember the puffer? It was supposed to detect explosives by blowing a little puff of air on you. But apparently the technology wasn’t so great and we’ll just be writing off that $30 million mistake.

But now we have this wonderful new technology that allows airport screeners to see you utterly naked. That’s right, every little curve and detail of your naked body is revealed to a man behind a wall. Oh he can’t see your face – it’s blurred out – so don’t worry, no-one will ever see your scans. And they promise the scan is deleted as soon as you are cleared. It can’t be saved, it can’t be printed.

Oh, if ever there was a technology that cried out for abuse. Read the rest of this entry »



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