Facebook says it deliberately screwed up the android app to "Test Loyalty"
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[QUOTE]In an effort to see just how far it could go to get Android users to abandon its platform, Facebook reportedly sabotaged its mobile app in years past with errors that would cause it to crash for hours. The Information reports that Facebook wanted to test users' loyalty despite issues. Where the tests took place and how many users were affected is unclear, but one thing is: people were actually willing to sit through the errors.
"People never stopped coming back," a person familiar with the tests told The Information. In fact, those who were afflicted by the secret errors for long periods defaulted to the mobile browser version of the social network, rather than give up on Facebook entirely.[/QUOTE]
"We were only pretending to be retarded!"
I dunno, that sounds really really weird. Seems like they're covering for some serious android mess ups.
"Facebook has declined to comment."
I only accessed Facebook on my phone to sign into Spotify.
I then log out and disable the app so it doesn't use up my battery.
this is the fucking reason i've had to reinstall facebook over and over again just to have it not work at all. switched to desktop version on my phone (so i can access messages) until it blew over
all that inconvenience was for nought
What are people going to do instead, use a third-party Facebook app? They even said that people who faced errors long enough used the mobile browser version instead of the app, so it's not even like people kept coming back to the app.
I could almost see if they were testing if people quit using the app (huge success there) but the Facebook platform is more than a mobile app.
I wonder if this is why Messenger spews crash errors every 10 seconds on my tablet. I doubt it's related, but it would explain why it inexplicably doesn't work at all despite being compatible.
Considering people have [URL="http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/users-call-911-during-facebook-outage/"]called 911 because Facebook is down for 15 minutes,[/URL] this seems like it's just telling Facebook something they should already know. They've created a platform that some people are 100% addicted to.
It was a social experiment bro
yeah as if people would be like "well can't use fb app time to give up on the entire network and the people i communicate with thru it"
I don't get facebook, always seemed unneeded to me (personally)
generally if people don't have an email they won't have a facebook
Ah, my front door is locked, time to start a new life.
[quote]In fact, those who were afflicted by the secret errors for long periods defaulted to the mobile browser version of the social network, rather than give up on Facebook entirely.[/quote]
I've been doing this for years, holy shit. Those bastards.
[url]http://mbasic.facebook.com[/url] is the only way I used facebook on mobile
such a straightforward platform, outdated may it come, but the issues that I always had on the touchscreen site were never present there
I just looked at the Android Facebook app. Fucking 75+ services running on my phone. For an app that does so little, it has like 4-6 times more services than most apps on my phone. The second most is the Facebook messenger. Which unfortunately I need.
However I don't need the Facebook app. So I just uninstalled it's bloaty ass and will for now on use [url]http://mbasic.facebook.com/[/url] that Scratch recommend. Since I actually quite like it. (Thanks!)
Wow this one way of side stepping through the problem. Yeah, we fucked up the app just to see how much you like our service. This is one way we test (:
Its obvious that Facebook is a popular platform, and it is used by many people. But this is one way of being a total richard about it. Yeah we made katana absorb 200MB of system resources, chugged your battery life because of wakelocks everywhere, and then added some strange permissions to the mix. But all in the name of brand science!
The only thing more toxic than the users on facebook, is facebook itself.
The FB app crashes on launch for me
[QUOTE=smurfy;49457829]The FB app crashes on launch for me[/QUOTE]
Did you disable a bunch of its permissions? I turned off a lot of the features via a module in xposed (PrivacyX is it?). Then the app didnt want to launch, so I didn't want it on my phone.
I've been using the clunky facebook 'lite' app because it still has built in chat and push notifications
[QUOTE=AugustBurnsRed;49458007]I've been using the clunky facebook 'lite' app because it still has built in chat and push notifications[/QUOTE]
worst part about the lite app is that it's not available for everyone so I had to use some thirdparty website.
The android app is otherwise OK, but the fucking messenger, goddamn. It seems to sometimes take minutes to send or receive a message. Or at least it doesn't show that the other people have read it for minutes then you see the three dancing dots for several minutes yourself only to receive an "OK!" -message. Works fine on PC though.
The lite application just proved Facebook's main app sucks hard and wastes a metric fuckton of resources. The Facebook app has 75+ services it runs on your phone. It's also like 35MB. The lite app has.... 3 services. The lite app also has a messenger built in. And is only 0.5MB
[QUOTE=A B.A. Survivor;49457591]Ah, my front door is locked, time to start a new life.[/QUOTE]Like this is more or less what they were testing here. To see if somebody would completely ditch a huge method to communicate with almost everyone they know simply because they went, "fucking Facebook app, what a piece of shit, ugh.. I bet it was made by Mexicans......" and then go on there to make stupid wall posts and play Farmville or whatever the fuck people are doing these days.
What a stupid test, if it was even one at all. I'm still convinced everyone who works there is a fucking moron. Seeing this "oh it was a test" is like catching somebody fucking their dog and then believing them when they say, "oh I was only trying to trick you pretty good joke huh?" Yeah, hilarious Facebook. You fucked the dog and it was [I]hilarious.[/I]
am i alone for never having any problems with it? like... at all?
even when having a wildfire (not s) it worked
Apple totally had nothing to do with this
Considering that the Facebook app being broken has actively broken other apps on my phone from what I can gather, this would be exceptionally shitty of them to do. Almost every time the app breaks in a way that stops it launching, I stop being able to use Firefox and a few other apps as they attempt to use the Facebook services on my device.
There are less brain damage induced methods to test customer loyalty.
If this is why it kept uninstalling itself and had a million updates then I hope whoever made this decision goes and fucks themself.
[QUOTE=markg06;49459045]If this is why it kept uninstalling itself and had a million updates then I hope whoever made this decision goes and fucks themself.[/QUOTE]
Its like 1 good update for every 3 that break it.
[QUOTE=Code3Response;49459051]Its like 1 good update for every 3 that break it.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, and if you turn off the autoupdates, the app will break itself. Its not a bug, its a feature.
One of the biggest benefits imo of having a custom rom, you can pick the software you want (leaving out shitty apps that fuck up your battery like facebook). When I need to use facebook I just use the mobile site, it's a bad site, but it's fine for sending a message every once in awhile
Lol if you actually follow the sources they cite a single anonymous former Facebook employee who's reciting stuff that happened several years ago. Shitty reporting.
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