Sunday, February 5, 2012

Facebook captcha extortion

I started using Facebook recently, and quite frankly, they are annoying me.Here's one way.

I press the Like button on something, and am presented with the common captcha dialog whose usual purpose is to verify that I am human and not some sort of robot or screen scraping program. I pressed Like on several items yesterday, from the same browser window each time, and had to figure out an unreadable string like this one more times that I cared to.  It seems strange to me that Facebook believes a robot had taken over the connection I had already verified as having a human operator.

Whatever. Facebook seems to understand that this gets really old really fast, and the first text in the captcha dialog is "Sick of these?" Clicking that link opens this window where one is encouraged to supply a mobile phone number so they can text a confirmation code.

I have two complaints with this.  First is, I don't text, and don't have a text plan on my phone. I'm suppose I'll get a text if they send it. Probably. And my provider will be happy to charge me for that.

More interesting, though, is that any one-time text to my phone will do nothing to meet the useful goal of the captcha - which is to very that I am not a robot that pressed Like. For this to have that value, they would need to text me a confirmation every time I press Like, just as they are presenting the captcha every single time. I hope they're not planning to text me that often - as I mentioned above, I don't have a text plan.

I've confirmed with another Facebook user that she doesn't get confirmation texts with every post, so FB clearly don't feel the need to verify a human every time.  Why, then, do they present a captcha every time, other than to maximize pain and further incent me to give up my cell#?



  1. Appreciation for really being thoughtful and also for deciding on certain marvelous guides most people really want to be aware of.
    Blue Prism Training in Bangalore


  2. I've been surfing on the web more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any stupefying article like yours. It's imperatively worth for me. As I would see it, if all web proprietors and bloggers made confusing substance as you did, the net will be in a general sense more profitable than at whatever point in late memory.

    Digital Marketing Training in Mumbai

    Six Sigma Training in Dubai

    Six Sigma Abu Dhabi

  3. I think this is a great site to post and I have read most of contents and I found it useful for my Career .Thanks for the useful information. For any information or Queries Comment like and share it.

    PMP Training Abu Dhabi

    GDPR Training in Hyderabad

    Digital Marketing Training in Hyderabad

    six sigma Training Pune

  4. Very nice post here and thanks for it .I always like and such a super contents of these post.Excellent and very cool idea and great content of different kinds of the valuable information's.
    Good discussion. Thank you.
    Six Sigma Training in Abu Dhabi
    Six Sigma Training in Dammam
    Six Sigma Training in Riyadh


  6. I am reading your post from the beginning, it was so interesting to read & I feel thanks to you for posting such a good blog, keep updates regularly.
    Java Training in Chennai
    Java Training in Coimbatore
    Java Training in Bangalore

  7. This comment has been removed by the author.

  8. Great Article. Thank you for sharing! Really an awesome post for every one.

    IEEE Final Year projects Project Centers in Chennai are consistently sought after. Final Year Students Projects take a shot at them to improve their aptitudes, while specialists like the enjoyment in interfering with innovation. For experts, it's an alternate ball game through and through. Smaller than expected IEEE Final Year project centers ground for all fragments of CSE & IT engineers hoping to assemble. Final Year Project Domains for IT It gives you tips and rules that is progressively critical to consider while choosing any final year project point.

    JavaScript Training in Chennai

    JavaScript Training in Chennai

  9. Thanks for your nice post, i am interested to learn online freelancing, but firstly i have to learn computer , could you suggest me please which computer training center best.

    Dot Net Training in Chennai | Dot Net Training in anna nagar | Dot Net Training in omr | Dot Net Training in porur | Dot Net Training in tambaram | Dot Net Training in velachery

  10. I am glad to post a worthy article about the German Language Course and IELTS Coaching from KCR consultants, this may change your career growth and language skill.