by Alphaville Herald on 08/05/10 at 11:56 pm
The biggest MMO of them all – Facebook – is being terrorized by gangs of Islamists, filing mass abuse reports against those they target for removal according to ReadWriteWeb. Using tactics similar to those of the Justice League Unlimited, a notorious Second Life vigilante group, the Islamists "single out users they consider ideologically unorthodox (a broad category indeed by their definition) and then using Facebook’s public ban process to stop their mouths" according to ReadWriteWeb, who’s French editor was targetted.
The report goes on to say the problems started "when groups and fanpages became public allowing those guys to make some list of profiles to be harassed on Facebook, taking advantage of a loophole in Facebook’s crowd-sourced moderation process when it comes to banning profiles: if a few dozen members alert Facebook about one profile as being a fake, it is automatically deactivated".
We wonder if this was the sort of emergent behaviour Facebook expected when they embarked on what seems to be an ongoing program of making more and more private information public. As for gangs of griefers in online social media, this must have been expected – look at the history of The Sims Online.