Pretty much every Facebooker is aware of the aptly named “like button,” the small icon that allows users to express their approval or appreciation for another person’s post. The merits of this system are open for discussion, as there’s a great deal of fraud going on to generate buzz about products, brands, and services.
At any rate, there’s another kind of scam floating around relating to this ratings system. The BBC News reports that Facebook users are receiving prompts to download an “official dislike button,” which seems logical enough. After all, positives and negatives coexist creating a kind of balance in the universe, just not on Facebook. Once the users click on the prompt, they are automatically giving the scammers access to their profile pages. The scammers take this information to install tons of unauthorized apps and litter the screen with spam messages. Shortly thereafter, users are told to fill out surveys because the scammers get paid for every completion. Facebook has reportedly warned people about this several times, but complaints persist. Consider this yet another warning: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DISLIKE BUTTON ON FACEBOOK!.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, back to more important issues, like the continuing saga over net neutrality. Today a group of 4 House Democrats (Jay Inslee, WA; Ed Markey, MA; Anna Eshoo, CA; and Mike Doyle, PA) pressed the nonexistent dislike button on Gooizon’s scandalous suggestion regarding internet regulation. Together they called on the FCC to do the unthinkable: its job. These rogue reps want the FCC to exercise its authority to oversee wireless broadband to the same degree that it oversees the wireline version, which isn’t that much really, but it’s better than nothing.
While I applaud the content of their message, I think it would be dishonest to overlook a few pertinent details about these members of Congress. For starters, Mr. Inslee is battling for reelection, so he has a motive to grab a headline or two. He faces a primary tomorrow and will face stiff competition should he advance to the general election in the fall. To his credit, he does list his stance concerning net neutrality on the issues section of his webpage. Mr. Markey has been a long time supporter of net neutrality, which means I’m going to leave him alone (for now, anyway). Ditto for Ms. Eshoo; her stance is unquestionably influenced by the fact that she hails from California’s 14th District, which is more commonly referred to as Silicon Valley. Mr. Doyle has been on the net neutrality bandwagon for a while, although he doesn’t feel the need to voice his position on the issues portion of his website. He’s also up for reelection come November, although most analysts consider his race a slam dunk victory.
It would’ve been Jim dandy to see some net neutrality support coming from a Senator besides Al Franken, but I suppose that’s just asking too much.