Let me try to explain. So say you like Gurl’s Facebook page (which you totally should!!) Facebook will then take that as permission to post to your friends’ timelines that you like Gurl. Then they’ll post a “Related link” with a kinda sorta (except not really at all) related topic. People are noticing that they’re actually posting inappropriate links. So you liking Gurl all of a sudden turns into you liking “2 Girls 1 Cup.”
Oh but it gets better! In addition to Facebook impersonating you without your consent, you also have no idea it’s happening. These posts don’t show up on your timeline so you have no clue it’s happening until someone asks you why you liked some crazy link. And there’s no record of it on your end so you can’t delete it. Because you didn’t post it.
Um, what the what Mark Zuckerberg? I think we’ve put up with ridiculous changes to Facebook for too long. This is crossing a serious line. Having a Facebook does not mean that Facebook can manipulate my profile to post things that I didn’t even like in the first place! This can be really harmful to both your online and offline presence.
Craig Condon, the developer who discovered this snazzy new feature, said “The only way to prevent re-posted content is to unlike everything.” And naturally, there’s no word from FB yet.
Have any of your friends been spotting unusual likes on your behalf? How do you feel about what Facebook is doing? Tell me in the comments!