Banished? Who Knew Facebook Was Sovereign?

Facebook has threatened to “banish” users that buy friends on the popular social media web site, according to Yahoo.  The Australian company offering to sell you friends or fans, uSocial, is actually offering for sale what you otherwise just have to buy from Facebook directly through advertising.  Facebook has claimed that the method that uSocial is using, logging into other user accounts to make them a fan or friend of the business that paid it, violates Facebook’s terms of service.  But, my bet is more that Facebook just doesn’t appreciate the competition with its own ad service.  Besides, who made Facebook king anyway?  Oh yeah – its 200 million users.  Uh oh.

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Maryland technology attorney and college professor.

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