In the latest development, report has it that Facebook
is finally allowing users to block Mark Zuckerberg
. it is interesting to know that until recently, all attempts to do so would fail, causing an error message to appear and saying things likc: “Block Error. Sorry, there was a problem blocking Mark Zuckerberg. Please try again.”
However, the site has now fixed the longstanding issue. Now, when you visit Mr Zuckerberg’s page and click Block, a popup box appears, reading, “Are you sure you want to block Mark Zuckerberg? “Mark Zuckerberg will no longer be able to:
– See things you post on your timeline
– Tag you
– Invite you to events or groups
– Start a conversation with you
– Add you as a friend
“If you’re friends, blocking Mark Zuckerberg will also unfriend him.”
The message also suggests taking “a break” from Zuckerberg instead, which will result in you seeing fewer updates from him, rather than none at all.
It’s the same set of messages a user would see if they tried to block any one of their friends. Facebook users’ newfound ability to block Mark Zuckerberg
was first spotted by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra.
Users haven’t been able to block Mark Zuckerberg for years, and Facebook has always maintained that the company’s founder wasn’t receiving preferential treatment. Instead, the error message had been designed to automatically pop up when large numbers of people simultaneously tried to block the same user.
“This error isn’t specific to any one account,” a Facebook spokesperson said earlier this year. “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.”