Just in time for the Gore-a-thon, Facebook shuts down a significant portion of email story alerts

Perhaps Facebook was concerned that Al Gore was convincing thousands of unsuspecting dupes to hand over their Facebook account control, which would mean “post at will” on thousands of user accounts, resulting in millions of SPAM messages being send out to friends of the FB enabler. Here’s the pitch from Al:

This is what it looks like if you “allow” Al to “borrow” your Facebook account.

Just one day before TheClimateRealityProject.org hits the Internet, Facebook has made a bold move today to turn off automatic emailing. This is a screencap on my email from Facebook just minutes ago:

Kudos to Facebook for the timing and for reducing SPAM in general.

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September 13, 2011 1:40 pm

I am not on Facebook, but I guess Zuckerberg is learning! He has enough bad ink about the privacy stuff – just think if he became spam central! Talk about companies black listing him!

Brian H
September 13, 2011 1:41 pm

Agree! There wasn’t even an “opt-out” on that Allow menu. It was all or nothing.

September 13, 2011 1:42 pm

What a relief, was thinking I’d get “reality” spam all day!!

Nuke Nemesis
September 13, 2011 1:52 pm

Climate Reality Project, aka CRP.
They left a letter out of the acronym.

September 13, 2011 1:54 pm

Facebook? f******k morelike! (mods I hope this is ok, otherwise please adjust!) [adjusted. REP, mod]
I am on facebook to keep in touch with a few long term genuine (real not virtual!) friends – but the privacy policy and privacy controls need very careful scrutiny!

September 13, 2011 1:55 pm

Link to a video debunking Gore and his fellow travellers…

Pull My Finger
September 13, 2011 1:57 pm

Good move Facebook.

September 13, 2011 1:58 pm

Just to note, this has been available to some people for a few weeks. The wife and I were “forced” onto this by FB 2 weeks ago. Though it’s easy enough to revert the setting through the user settings.

September 13, 2011 2:11 pm

Don’t see how this impacts goreathon at all….

September 13, 2011 2:12 pm

I have a number of liberal friends / relatives. I have as of yet to see any of them link to this or send out notice that they’ll be watching / participating in any way.

September 13, 2011 2:42 pm

Al who?

September 13, 2011 2:49 pm

Climate Reality Project, aka CRP.
They left a letter out of the acronym.
Climate Reality ALGORE Project.

September 13, 2011 2:53 pm

Zuckerberg must fear that the Gore spam carries the Gore Effect with it; freezing all his servers.

Mike M
September 13, 2011 2:54 pm

When it comes to Facebook – count me in with Stan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT_cp2x0qso

—long time lurker—
September 13, 2011 3:00 pm

So it wasn’t shit, it was spam hitting the fan—hard to tell the difference really.

September 13, 2011 3:11 pm

I am on facebook, and find it a wonderful way to keep up with my interests, but I turned off my email notifications of ALL kinds from facebook as my email box was filling up with notifications from groups and individuals, which I see whenever I log into it. So I’m glad they took that step!

September 13, 2011 3:42 pm

Cool, I might go back to using my FB account. It got so bad, I just let my wife use it for one of those games like farmville or something.

September 13, 2011 4:13 pm

How long before Al Goon’s cohorts, smelling the scent of fresh media, try to bend “climate change” into a national emergency and weasel some law or executive order that allows them to penetrate the social networks to send out their message anyway?
Once behind the firewall…..they’ll spread like a plague trying to infect unsuspecting, and untrained, minds everywhere…and wasting valuable bandwidth.

Brian H
September 13, 2011 4:45 pm

That video was a pretty weak debunk. A lukewarmist trying to sound restrained and rational, almost. He’s right that this is an attempted comeback by a long-faded star, of course.

September 13, 2011 5:01 pm

1) “This is a pretty new concept so let me explain…” – Scary!
2) “By proceeding, you agree to the Climate Reality Terms of Service and Privacy Policy” – Really Scary!
Isn’t this like giving a pill head your wallet and car keys?

September 13, 2011 5:05 pm

Zuckerberg is no fool

September 13, 2011 5:11 pm

They also wanted to be able to access personal FB information. But the snippet here only mentioned that they would send only their climate messages. They didn’t say that they wouldn’t read and store all available information. Do the CRP terms of service mention the FB personal information? (I don’t see mention of Facebook on the CRP web site, but I don’t know if there are different terms of service in their Facebook group)

September 13, 2011 5:14 pm

What time zone does it start in? It’s Wednesday the 14th over in Europe even as I type… It should have started by now.

September 13, 2011 5:18 pm

St Henela Island is just now getting Goralized!

September 13, 2011 7:55 pm

I don’t think this affects Gore-a-thon. It looks like they’re just consolidating multiple emails into single-email summaries. You still get all the same spam, it just gets consolidated into fewer messages.
The “access my basic information” permission is something that all facebook apps require. I don’t think you can make an app that doesn’t request that. “Access my data any time” is pretty unusual though; that means the app can take actions like post to your wall anytime without you being logged in. I guess that’s what they mean by “donate your facebook account”. “Post to your wall” also allows the app to post to your friends’ walls, unless they have that disabled.

David Davidovics
September 13, 2011 8:22 pm

Facebook taking a stand against AlGore????? maybe I’ll get an acocunt some day after all…..

September 13, 2011 8:42 pm

The Deep deep climate guitarist unveiled a deep deep scandal:
“The activities and the marketing campaign continued until 2007, when a complaint from an Internet blogger using the name “Deep Climate” prompted the university’s administration to audit the accounts and shut them down after concluding they were being used for partisan activity.”
Woaw, what a huge donation!!! $175,000… considering that Al Gore charges $145,000 per speech, that research grants given to scientists amount to millions of dollars -including the polar bear scandal or the “rotten ice” peer review project out of Winnipeg-, the $57 million given by Tides Canada to the Suzuki Foundation – http://fairquestions.typepad.com/rethink_campaigns/david-suzuki-foundation-70-million.html
this is truly peanuts!
Let’s not forget the $10 million donation by Paramount Riddell to the Winnipeg science building home of the climate group that allowed some PhD seeking Canadian flag poster to spend most of his time on line at Deep deep climate…
How much did it cost the University of Calgary to send their students Tara and Kate to Gore’s boot camps in Quebec? http://www.ucalgary.ca/blogs/fieldnotes/taraandkate
Let’s quote their own blog:
“Tara Moran and Kate Sinclair are both working on PhDs in glaciology and climate change research under the supervision of Dr. Shawn Marshall at the University of Calgary. They are among 220 Canadians being trained to deliver former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s famous Inconvenient Truth presentation through The Canadian Climate Project in Montreal April 4-6, 2008. Tara’s research focuses on temperature reconstructions using of stable water isotopes from an ice core drilled in the Canadian Arctic. Kate’s specific research area is the analysis of stable water isotopes in Rocky Mountain snowpacks and their relationship with storm pathways. Both Tara and Kate are interested in the broader implications of global climate change and its societal impacts. They both wanted to be involved in Al Gore’s training initiative because they believe that climate change science should be widely available and accurately communicated. To read more about the Canadian Climate Project, visit: http://www.climateprojectcanada.org.
To request a presentation from Kate or Tara please contact either of them by email at: kate.sinclair@ucalgary.ca or tamoran@ucalgary.ca
Parting thoughts
Submitted by Tara and Kate on Mon, 2008-04-07 08:20. ”
And that is not political from the good U of C doctor?
Oh and of course I forgot the pride of University of Calgary, the jewel of global warmist carbon projects that is of course non partisan (hum, hum), the David Keith run ISEEE that manages to invite every zozo paddler who sees a dead bird and the who’s who of alarmist scientists and activist PR.
And all this was in 2004 and ceased in 2007! Talking about canned stuff!
The post media journalist is of course as biased as they come but the best is when de Souza (not Linda) quotes a Greenpeace Canada campaigner as if being an authority:
“This was never about science,” said Greenpeace Canada climate and energy campaigner Keith Stewart. “It was about implementing a political strategy invented by a Republican spin doctor to cast doubt on the science so governments wouldn’t force polluters to clean up their act. I am surprised that a university would channel donor dollars to support this kind of anti-science agenda.”
Ridicule does not kill anymore but one thing is certain: Post Media, De Souza is all doing it on cue, just in time for the Gore promotion.

September 13, 2011 9:47 pm

Wow. Fear not, Al Gore wants you to donate your identity, to help save the planet of course.
You’re in good hands with Al’s ClimateState.
Included with each identity handover is this nifty ration card.

September 13, 2011 11:20 pm

Why are people on FB anyway? FB sends me a message by email that I, well, received a message at FB – I can even read it in my email, but then have to go to FB, log in, in order to reply. I think EVERYBODY doing this is deeply stupid. They sold you something you don’t need, something you had in the first place. You can’t even sign up to FB without email ! So there.
And for what? Your sad attempts at exhibitionism… who cares about your naff pictures or status updates? “I hatez Mondayz..” yeah, whatever. I haven’t seen more infantilsm by a pretty much adult crowd anywhere else. Now, I had an FB account as well, because my post grad group would only communicate through FB without good reason and so I was forced to sign up for school reasons. But I also deleted my profile again afterwards. What a load of drivel by supposedly smart people. You know who you are…
Not Gore is the problem, FB is the problem. Check the present inquiry into FB in Ireland, they gather plus 1000 pages of info on you! YOU are the problem if you are on FB.
There is not one thing communication-wise that would not be dealt with better by email, and the rest? You will be ashamed of it in a few years time 🙂 Or it might cost you your job or job opportunity if curious employers get to see what an embarassment you are outside work 😉
Hit the delete buttom, it’s a sign of character and smartness. Anyway, FB numbers are on the decline, at least in Europe, the 3rd world didn’t get the message yet…

Pete H
September 13, 2011 11:52 pm

So not fair to Gore! After all, It is HIS Internet

September 14, 2011 12:45 am

If you think that the application could still be distributing spam or otherwise harm users’ privacy, go to its web page
and click at “report application” in the left sidebar. You will be offered one more screen to check a button describing in what sense the application fails to be kosher. A Facebook account is needed. Don’t be afraid to click the link above but never click at “allow” [the climate reality virus app].

John Silver
September 14, 2011 2:32 am

I have commented this before here: I will not join Facebook for any reason.

September 14, 2011 2:51 am

Matt, FB can be a great way to get in touch with old friends, not so easy to google up their email… agree about your exhibitionism comments, though.
FB did great job here. I think they might not only be afraid of the spam avalanche, but maybe also quite p***ed off that the Climate Delusionists asked people to give away their FB accounts.

September 14, 2011 4:53 am

Does anyone want to bet that the Obama reelection campaign will not try something similar?

Bloke down the pub
September 14, 2011 5:42 am

For shame Anthony, you mean you didn’t sign over your account to Al? I should think that the least you could do to save the planet is take a day holiday and hand over the keys of WUWT to the Goreacle.

Al Gormless
September 14, 2011 6:18 am

So they want to resort to ‘hacking’ to promote their cause – just hacking by permission!
What numbnuts would ever allow some bunch of freaks to access their personal accounts and details to post a load of gumpf & click some ‘like’ buttons on their behalf to pretend they support something?! “Yeah sure Al, while you’re at it here’s my bank details, mother’s maiden name, and a file with all my passwords in, take as much as you want…”
The only thing innovative about this is that allows an organisation, group, or cause on facebook that would otherwise bomb to PRETEND to be popular and sit on top of the list among the actually popular ones that have been recommended or liked by people for valid reasons. No suprise though here & the underlying theme and priority with the alarmists is the need to market / promote / lobby to PRETEND when they are lacking in evidence, science, and integrety to get people to (literally) buy in to the idea.
They clearly miss the point of social media; if China or some other communist regime were to create a social media system: this would be it. I am wholly disappointed that facebook would even allow such a system to operate on their network.
Simple solution: IGNORE!

Jeff Alberts
September 14, 2011 7:49 am

Matt says:
September 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm
And for what? Your sad attempts at exhibitionism… who cares about your naff pictures or status updates? “I hatez Mondayz..” yeah, whatever. I haven’t seen more infantilsm by a pretty much adult crowd anywhere else.

Apparently you’ve forgotten about TWITter.
I agree with you though. I have an FB account, and am on the verge of deleting it. The only thing I’ve used it for are “like”ing WUWT stories.

September 14, 2011 7:57 am

kudos to facebook.

September 14, 2011 8:18 am

Simple solution: IGNORE!
That should be the unofficial Al Gore slogan… IGNORE ME!!!!

September 14, 2011 8:52 am

Perhaps law enforcement might establish numerous fake Facebook accounts where they release the kind of information that would attract those criminal types using this medium to search for victims of opportunity.

Dave Worley
September 14, 2011 10:42 am

It’s getting to where you cannot even subscribe to a magazine without them hiring a lobbyist and claiming to have your support/proxy for their cause du jour.
Case in point- AARP and Obamacare.

September 14, 2011 3:39 pm

Ahhh Reuters, Thomson Reuters, never late to alarmist BS:
And i thought this was about envisat data showing a lack of sea level rise… It’s worse than we thought! LOL

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