Social network acted like a jerk, faces FTC complaint

A social network labeled people as jerks and charged them to contact customer service and change their profiles, the agency says

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

The site had buttons that allowed users to vote on whether a person was a "jerk" or not, and Jerk profiles included fields in which users could enter personal information about the subject or post comments about them. In some cases, the profile comment fields subjected people to derisive and abusive comments, such as, "I hate this kid he's such a loser," and,""Nobody in their right mind would love you ... not even your parents," the FTC said in its complaint.The profiles also included millions of photos, including those of children and that consumers had designated on Facebook as private, the FTC complaint alleged. Some of them featured intimate family moments, including children bathing and a mother nursing her child, the agency said.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's email address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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