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Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:27 AM

Facebook is forcing people to "like" Mitt Romney.



http://www.markturner.net/2012/08/23/facebook-virus-forcees-me-to-like-mitt-romney/

I checked Facebook this evening to find status updates from Mitt Romney’s campaign in my Facebook news feed. Thinking this was one of those stupid “promoted” updates that you see on Twitter, I gave it no mind. That is, until I found yet another update from the Romney campaign in my news feed. It was then that I surfed over to the Mitt Romney Facebook page and discovered to my shock that I was listed as “liking” that page.

Umm, no. Obama has raised my ire more than once, of course, but there is no way I’m voting for that clueless millionaire buffoon I call “Rmoney.” How Facebook came to think I would like the Romney page is quite the mystery.

A fellow geek suggested (I assume half-jokingly) that a Romney virus might be responsible for the status change. While I laughed at the suggestion, now I’m wondering if there might be truth to it. I have seen updates saying some friend of mine liked Mitt Romney, only to be surprised that person would do so knowing what I know of them. Not everyone wears their politics on their sleeve the way I do, but when you see multiple instances of this kid of thing you do begin to wonder if these choices aren’t being made without the knowledge of the account holders.

Just for shits and grins, I checked Facebook’s “All Activity” page for my account (you most likely can’t see the info in my link yourselves, but your account has a similar page. Munge the URL accordingly to see yours). I found where I “unliked” Mitt Romney’s page this evening, but going back to August 1st, it never showed me ever liking Mitt Romney’s page!


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This happened to 2 people on my feed, who I KNOW aren't Romney fans in any way, shape or form. Haven't seen the same happen for Obama. I wonder how many fake "likes" Mittens has?

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Reply Facebook is forcing people to "like" Mitt Romney. (Original post)
TalkingDog Aug 2012 OP
sufrommich Aug 2012 #1
TalkingDog Aug 2012 #2
sufrommich Aug 2012 #4
justabob Aug 2012 #5
Tennessee Gal Aug 2012 #3
bluemarkers Aug 2012 #6
Agnosticsherbet Aug 2012 #7
jsr Aug 2012 #8
Cannikin Aug 2012 #10
Cannikin Aug 2012 #9
Old Codger Aug 2012 #11
PatSeg Aug 2012 #12
Posteritatis Aug 2012 #13
IDemo Aug 2012 #14

Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:30 AM

1. Wow, it happened to my cousin too. She's still fuming.nt

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:37 AM

2. Maybe this is how they are making up lost revenue from the flopped Public Offering

n/t

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Response to TalkingDog (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:38 AM

4. I just sent her your link on Facebook. Hopefully more

people will recognize that something is fishy.

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Response to TalkingDog (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:43 AM

5. that is what I thought

when someone else brought this up. It isn't just Romney, my friends are finding 'likes' for various products that they have no interest in.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:38 AM

3. Checked mine. Did not happen to me. nt

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 11:46 AM

6. same thing, sorta

happened to friends "liking" Marriott Points. They didn't, but it showed they did. Bet some one is exploiting a glitch, what you say a glitch in Facebook?!

My FB issue is Ryan. He keeps showing up in promoted column on the right. Three times I deleted it noting it was against my beliefs, finally I said I found it offensive, which I do. It's not shown up.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:05 PM

7. Did not happen to me,

But I will check regularly.

And, Da-am, but Mitt's got a bunch of pages.

Defeating Mitt Romeny, Mitt Romney Sucks, and MItt Romney is a tool are worth looking at.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:09 PM

8. The Zuck likes him

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Response to jsr (Reply #8)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:10 PM

10. Investors hate Zuck.

n/t

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:09 PM

9. Hasn't happened here. I can still post there without liking it

Though, because I'm in a red state, he's constantly in my suggested pages box.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:31 PM

11. This type

Of thing is why I am no longer on facebook, had my account deleted some time back and haven't missed it one bit. They are crooked and deceptive to an extreme...The companies that advertise there wil get the word eventually and it will come down. I just wish I had the computer savvy to put up and honest version of something like it myself.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:42 PM

12. There have been a lot of strange issues with Facebook lately

and I know people who are leaving because of it. It feels like they are getting desperate because of all the money they've lost from their stock offering and advertisers pulling their ads.

This is the worst issue I've heard so far.

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 01:25 PM

13. More likely a likejacking app/site someplace than Facebook itself. (nt)

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Response to TalkingDog (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 01:31 PM

14. Shouldn't there be a "loathe" option?

Or at least a strongly dislike?

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