Facebook won't say how many apps exist on its platform, but it does say that developers from more than 190 countries are building them, and that its users install 20 million apps every day. Facebook apps that spam you and your friends have always been a problem on the social network, and while the company has done quite a bit to mitigate the issue, it's still very much an annoying problem. Even Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg finds them lame.
In a Facebook thread posted on The New York Observer, Zuckerberg expresses his disbelief that a Facebook app spammed the Wall of Dave Morin, who happens to be Zuckerberg's friend, an early Facebook employee, and co-inventor of the Facebook Platform. As you can see in the image above, the app called Chill (which by the way was just released yesterday) posted "I just got into Chill and it's awesome. Come chill and watch some videos with me. http://chill.com/" to Morin's Wall.
Zuckerberg was the first friend to comment: "Did you post this message or did this app post it?" When two other friends replied that it was the app posting, Zuckerberg commented again: "They auto-post something saying their app is awesome coming from you? That's lame."
Other friends then posted that the app has a small checkbox to turn this feature on or off, but that it's on by default. Morin also pointed out that Chill posted the text in first person and that this "used to be against [Facebook] policy." He was insinuating that Zuckerberg should go figure out how to stop apps from doing this.
For its part, when Chill found out Zuckerberg's reaction, it stopped sending out the spam. "So what are we going to do? We’ve already removed this feature. Why? We want there to be no question about our motives. We’re a small startup obsessed about building something that people really love. Video should be more social, immersive and fun."
The good news here is that Zuckerberg has been once again made aware of this issue and that he finds apps that do this lame. Now all we have to hope for is that he does something about it.
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