Facebook Pranks Bloggers Via Fax

Technology news website picked on after being critical of Facebook

By Jackson West
|  Sunday, Sep 13, 2009  |  Updated 2:47 AM CDT
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Facebook Pranks Bloggers Via Fax

the prodigal untitled13 / Flickr

Busted!

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Reporter Jason Kincaid for technology blog TechCrunch was surprised to see that Facebook was offering a new feature: With the click of a mouse you could fax a photograph from your account.

For $1.50. And in low-resolution black and white.

"Maybe I’m missing something here, but I’m not sure why Facebook would do this," wrote Kincaid.

They aren't! Instead, it was a prank. The fax feature, though functional, was only made visible to Facebook users registered with the TechCrunch network -- in other words, TechCrunch employees.

Facebook targeted TechCrunch writers in the hopes of catching one out, and the joke worked beautifully.

It was all a ploy to embarrass TechCrunch into calling the company before reporting about the site.

The joke was on Facebook, though: Kincaid contacted Facebook for comment before posting his story.

Photo by Flickr user the prodigal untitled13.

Jackson West wishes he would never have to send a fax ever again.

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