Scoble Kicked Out of Facebook

January 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Internet blogging superstar Robert Scoble has had his Facebook account deleted.  The Facebook admin caught Scoble running a Script for Plaxo that was phising information from Facebook user profiles and importing that information to Plaxo.


Our systems indicate that you’ve been highly active on Facebook lately and viewing pages at a quick enough rate that we suspect you may be running an automated script. This kind of Activity would be a violation of our Terms of Use and potentially of federal and state laws.

As a result, your account has been disabled. Please reply to this email with a description of your recent activity on Facebook. In addition, please confirm with us that in the future you will not scrape or otherwise attempt to obtain in any manner information from our website except as permitted by our Terms of Use, and that you will immediately delete and not use in any manner any such information you may have previously obtained.

We reserve the right to take any appropriate action in connection with any activities that violate our Terms of Use and/or applicable laws, including termination of your account and pursuit of legal remedies.

Please reply to this email.

Thank you,
Facebook Customer Support

 Scoble did nt deny this and said he would be going down the normal customer service route instead of putting pressure on Facebook’s higher echelons.  Besides, a couple of hours after the deletion of the account, a group on Facebook was formed asking for the reinstatement of Scoble’s account.

Anyway, fact of the matter is, Facebook holds the keys to its users’ profiles and should they punish anybody for breaching the agreed terms of agreement is completely up to them.  As for Scoble, I think he already knew wht he was doing and won’t complain nor try to justify his actions.  Well, that’s mature of them both.