As Facebook came under fire for taking a step into the online gambling world by launching a game where players can win real money we’ve decided to take a look at Facebook’s ultimate, and more embarrassing, faux pas…
1. In 2007 Facebook somehow managed to make the code used to generate their search and home pages public so that when people logged on to the site they were greeted by the code rather than what they were meant to see. This raised real questions about privacy of people’s details on the site.
2. The site was accused of tracking pages that its users went to outside of Facebook. According to a report at the time the site tracked users cookies in order to see what other pages they were going to. It was thought the information was then passed onto advertisers.
3. In 2011 Facebook are alleged to have started an anti-Google campaign by paying a high profile PR agency to send emails to journalists making allegations about Google’s privacy policies.
4. Back in 2007 several advertisers including Virgin Media, Halifax, First Direct and Vodafone withdrew their adverts after they discovered they were appearing on web pages for people like the BNP.
5. Ok so not so much a faux pas but something rather embarrassing for the website was ‘Quit Facebook Day’ which took place in 2010 and saw 33,000 users quit the site over privacy concerns.