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Facebook slammed as ‘creepy’ for asking users who they sleep with

Facebook draws flak for asking users who or what they sleep with

tech Updated: Jan 27, 2018 13:26 IST
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Facebook’s ‘Did You Know’ feature slammed as ‘creepy’
Facebook’s ‘Did You Know’ feature slammed as ‘creepy’ (REUTERS)

Facebook is drawing flak from users for a seemingly intrusive pop-up that asked users who they’d been sleeping with.

The social networking giant’s new Did You Know feature prompted some users with the statement: ‘I usually sleep with.’, which people have flagged as being “creepy.”

A tweet on this subject read “Nah Facebook I know you’re keen on oversharing but this one is TOO nosey.”

“Things that Facebook wants to know these days. Creep. Creepier. Creepiest,” another Twitter user wrote.

However, the company clarified that the statement was incorrectly worded and that its intention wasn’t to get people to reveal who they sleep with, but what they sleep with, such as a teddy bear or any other soft toy.

“We learned one of the questions in the ‘Did You Know’ feature was causing confusion among some people who saw it. We imagined someone might tell their friends about sleeping with their favourite stuffed giraffe, but we’ve removed the question after our community provided feedback that it was too personal”, a Facebook spokesperson told The Independent.

On a related note, the Did You Know feature was introduced in December to promote users to post more status updates.

The latest controversy comes amid the social networking giant’s efforts to weed out fake news from its platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this month said the company will be making more efforts to deal with abuse and hate, fake news or interference by the governments.

Facebook also overhauled its News Feed algorithm to show more posts from friends and family than from pages or celebrities.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 13:22 IST

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