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Monday, January 4, 2016
Facebook Reblocking Counterstrategy An Excellent Sign
If we really want to simulate society on Facebook, we have to see instances of slander, libel, attacks, counterattacks, innuendo, pettiness and a few hundred other dysfunctional or otherwise negative behavior patterns between the biped mammals. Good behavior alone would prove nothing.
other day I came across a weird artifact in FB behavior. I blocked
someone, then realized I had to comment to one of their offensive
comments, unblocked them, commented and tried to block them again.
But FB blocked me from blocking them again for 48 hours!
counter blocking blocking was nothing less than a countermeasure
implemented by FB to defeat a strategy for using blocking as a
stealth attack mechanism. Isnt that exciting! Let me explain.
people were doing is to unblock an enemy, attack their main timeline
with some offensive obscenity, then reblock to avoid retribution. Its similar to lowering your shields, firing photon torpedoes, then quickly raising your shields again to avoid being fired upon. Clever!
Fire all photon torpedoes at Facebook User!
FB implemented the countermeasure that says that if you unblock
someone you can not reblock them for two days, leaving you open to be
attacked in return.
declare FB a success. If it can generate this kind of behavior, then
we truly have a human social network. These kinds of strategies and counterstrategies, an arms race if you will, is a good sign of a healthy ecosystem.