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Facebook strikes back against Seppukoo

After yesterday's post, Facebook users are saying that they are getting blocked from sharing Seppukoo.com with friends.

A pop-up error message appears if you even try to put the site URL in a comment:

    “Warning: This Message Contains Blocked Content

    Some content in this message has been reported as abusive by Facebook users.”

Simon Axten, spokesman for Facebook, said in an e-mail that Facebook has an automated system that blocks links for known spam, malware and phishing sites.

“The same system that blocks these links may also be deployed for sites that violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” Axten said. “This particular site asks for log-in credentials, scrapes Facebook pages and spams users, all of which are violations.”

Guy McMuster, art director for the group that runs Seppukoo.com, said in an e-mail that any mention of the site has been blocked since yesterday. Now, he said, “we're studying a counter-strategy.”

-- W.J. Hennigan

 
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