Desperate: FaceBook Blocking Google+ Invite Links From Users’ Streams?
Facebook has already garnered a reputation for being shady in not only how they use users’ information but how they control that information as well.
And if reports of Facebook actively blocking Google+ invite links from friends’ streams is legitimate, that tarnished image is only going to get worse. As you’ll see after the break, one Google+ user noticed something strange when trying to share a Google+ invite link on Facebook — his friends couldn’t see it even though it was a public post. However, public posts before and after the Google+ post in question showed up on friends’ streams as usual. After reading of other people having similar issues we spent a little of our own traversing Twitter. Sure enough other reports have confirmed the above: That Facebook is now blocking Google+ invite links. Of course, this could be a local issue (though how we can’t possibly see). With that said, the move has already grabbed the attention of Google’s own Vic Gundotra. In short: somebody has some ‘splaining to do.
Last month Facebook made headlines for removing Google+ ads from Facebook as well as going as far as banning the accounts of people who published Google+ ads.
We’ve fired off an email to Facebook PR asking for acknowledgement and/or any other comments they’re willing to share. In the meantime, you’ll need to use an URL shortner to get around Facebook’s apparent Google+ ban. http://gadgetsteria.com/2011/08/16/desperate-facebook-blocking-google-invite-links-from-users-streams/