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Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby knapplc » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:43 am

You open a Facebook account (God knows why ;-7 ). You do all the little things to modify it to reflect who you are, and then you go on about your life. A few days later you come back to see how things are going only to find... YOU AREN'T REAL!!!! 8-o 8-o 8-o


MP doubts his existence over Facebook ban

LONDON (Reuters) - An MP has had his Facebook account suspended after the site decided he wasn't real.

Steve Webb, a member of the Liberal Democrat party, tried to log on Monday but received a message saying his account had been disabled following complaints he didn't really exist.

The news was particularly disconcerting to the 42-year-old politician as not only has he been an MP for 10 years but he is also one of the keenest promoters of online networking, using it to keep in touch with constituents.

"I sent them an email asking what the problem was and got a response a day later saying they had concluded that my profile was a fake, that I wasn't really Steve Webb," he told Reuters.

"I was essentially accused of impersonating a member of parliament."

Within a few hours friends set up a Facebook group called "Steve Webb is real!" which attracted more than 200 members.

He and others then contacted anyone they knew who worked at the site to see if they could get the ban overturned.

A few hours later he received an apology and his profile was reactivated. But the nearly 36 hours he was suspended left him questioning his own existence.

"You realise the power these organisations really have," he said. "If they'd been really determined, they could have deactivated me completely and then you kind of don't know where you stand.

"It's actually hard for a genuine person to prove they exist."

Webb, who has been on Facebook for nearly a year, has around 2,500 friends on the social networking site -- a huge number largely because he invites members of his constituency in Northavon, Gloucestershire, to sign up so that they can contact him if they need to.

Asked if he might have been suspended because he had a suspiciously high number of friends, particularly for a Member of Parliament, he laughed.

"The thought did cross my mind," he said.



Talk about life imitating art. Wasn't this the basic plot of a Sandra Bullock movie? :-b
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Re: Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby joelamosobadiah » Wed Dec 19, 2007 11:49 am

Anybody whose existence is so entwined with the internet that they aren't sure they are real if their "virtual self" is banned is in some serious trouble. 8-o ;-7 :-b
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Re: Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby scottaa1 » Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:28 pm

now you know how i feel when you guys think i'm not real and call me boozie }:-)
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Re: Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby moonhead » Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:29 pm

scottaa1 wrote:now you know how i feel when you guys think i'm not real and call me boozie }:-)

oh we never do that. as far as you know.
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Re: Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby Madison » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:53 pm

Hmm... I think knapp isn't real. Guess I'll delete his account until he can prove he's a real person and not a hobbit or anything.

*dives into the server*


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Re: Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby knapplc » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:55 pm

How do you know I'm me? Think about it. Yeah, I am searchable on the Interwebs and all, but do you really know *I* am *me* and if so, how?
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Re: Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:59 pm

Because I've seen your picture on the internets and I've been to Lincoln, where you say you live, and I've heard of all the teams and movies you say you like. So you must be real. Duh.
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Re: Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby Madison » Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:01 pm

knapplc wrote:How do you know I'm me? Think about it. Yeah, I am searchable on the Interwebs and all, but do you really know *I* am *me* and if so, how?


I don't unless I take the time to investigate, and I don't bother with that unless I'm looking to end things with a troublemaker once and for all. So you're safe. :-D
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Re: Facebook Decides Man Isn't Real

Postby Munboy » Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:17 am

Even though my existance is at question, this is why I would never have a facebook.


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