Why You Couldn’t Block Mark Zuckersberg on Facebook or Anyone for that Sake if it is done en Masse
By on August 24th, 2010

Facebook users were quite annoyed a few days ago when they discovered that they cannot block Mark Zuckersberg. They speculated that it was a mechanism deliberately put into Facebook so that no-one could block Zuckersberg. As it turns out, this is not the case and Mashable has received a clarification from Facebook on this.
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The response from Facebook says,

This error isn’t specific to any one account. It’s generated when a person has been blocked a certain large number of times. In very rare instances, a viral campaign will develop instructing lots of people to all wrongly block the same person. The purpose of this system is to protect the experience for people targeted by these campaigns. We’re constantly working to improve our systems and are taking a closer look at this one.

Clearly, it is a mechanism to save people from personalities being hit by viral blocking campaigns. The whole matter fired up when a website  Block Zuck launched a  campaign to block Zuckersberg.

This feature in Facebook was not seen or heard of until now. However, with Facebook’s shady methodology, it is not clear as to which came first. The mass-block protection feature or the blocking mechanism?

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