David Fagin, a facebook user, tried to invite a friend but was blocked by facebook who labeled him a ‘spammer’ for sending out friend requests.
Spammer tag from the world’s giant web industry was unwelcome by David Fagin who himself is a writer for Aol, calling the tag a humiliation for him.
This morning, he announced he is suing Facebook for $1 (documents not available yet).
Techcrunch reports, Fagin is clearly irked because he’s not able to directly contact Facebook’s support team:
“Some might say ‘What’s the big deal? It’s just a stupid social networking site,’” says Fagin.
“But, when you’re talking about arguably the biggest online presence the world has ever seen, one that’s currently worth more than Microsoft, and there’s no way to reach a live human being, that might be something for the FTC and/or congress to at least think about.”
I fail to see how Facebook is worth more than Microsoft, which currently boasts a market cap of $213 billion and change, but let’s not get facts in the way of a frivolous lawsuit.
“It’s not just the support issue, either,” Fagin goes on to say. “Facebook is actively contradicting their own policies. On one hand, they tell you not to ‘friend’ anyone you don’t already know. On the other, the site constantly bombards you with names of people that Facebook themselves suggests you should ‘friend’, as you already have multiple friends in common. This also runs in direct contradiction with the spammer label. If everyone on the site is only supposed to be friends with people they know, then everyone is a spammer.
According to the press release, Fagin’s AOL News story caught the opportunistic eye of NYC-based litigation attorney Gillian Overland. Having never run a company that supports some 700 million active users, Overland comments:
“I read David’s article and completely agreed. The fact that you’re dealing with a company as large and as powerful as Facebook, and their only means of public intercourse is a run-of-the-mill FAQ page? This needs to be fixed.”
Some say $1 may be as high as $1 billion.
Atleast some one is standing up against the giant facebook. But do you think with the company AOL behind him will qualify him a win over court. Do share with us your comments.
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