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Updated: Facebook’s Brand Page Removal: Should Social Networks Control Content?

Update: Facebook has been shutting down a large number applications due to changes to the automated platform monitoring system, and a number of developers have been complaining about the issue, reports All Facebook. Facebook has responded by issuing a statement saying that it has enabled a new enforcement system that takes user feedback more seriously, and high negative feedback results in removal or some features being partially disabled. While we feel that the move is in the direction of eliminating spam, Facebook should diligently restore pages which have been disabled as soon as they make changes, in order to follow its guidelines. Facebook's Statement: “Over the past year, we’ve worked hard to improve our automated systems that catch spam and malicious behavior on the platform. These systems allowed us to cut spam on the platform by 95 percent in 2010, greatly increasing user satisfaction and trust with apps on Facebook. Recently, we started getting a lot of user feedback, spiking significantly over the past week, on the amount of application spam people are seeing in their feeds and on their walls. As a result, we turned on a new enforcement system yesterday that took user feedback much more heavily into account. This resulted in a number of applications with high negative user feedback being disabled or having certain features disabled. We’ve posted a link for developers where they can appeal if they feel they’ve been disabled in error. Also, we’re working on new analytics to help developers better monitor negative…

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