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  • Acceptable Political Targets: After the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2018, Mark Zuckerberg got dragged to testify before the senate. From the left, Facebook was accused of mishandling user data to fuel Republican campaigns. From the right, Facebook was accused of censoring conservative voices.
  • Alt-itis: People often use multiple accounts in social games like Mafia Wars (even though this is against Facebook's policies, as well as those of many other games).
  • Broken Base
    • Hashtags. Even when they weren't functioning, some people still posted them on Facebook, while others think they're annoying and only belong on Twitter and Instagram. When Facebook made them actually work, those people were even more incensed.
    • Even Facebook stickers. For some, it's a harmless little change that can make chats cute (there's Pusheen). For others, it's a "useless add-on" or "a ripoff of Line Chat".
  • Discredited Meme:
    • Similarly, the "X people for [action]" fell out of favor too, which was parodied with groups like "An Arbitrary Number Of People Demanding That Some Action Be Taken".
    • Recently, it seems to be "Type (Something) that doesn't have a (common vowel/consonant) in its title" to where it's actually parodied.
    • The "Be Like Bill" meme took over the site around late December 2015, and vanished just as quickly about a month later.
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    • If people can count as memes, there are several recognizable examples.
      • Tracy Barbie/Armah/Bratty/etc. was a one-shot on MTV's Catfished. When her fame died out, she decided to make a new following on Facebook (and its sister Instagram) by using her pre-recognized personality and began garnering attention by posting incredibly offensive content that we don't need examples of here. Once again, she went viral, though that status died quickly again.
      • Erika Camacho, another celebrity catfish, and Asad Ali, a young Middle-Eastern man famous for "dating" his thousands of female followers, are two other examples. The former was famous for faking relationships with other popular kids while the latter was famous for his womanizing (and actually referred to as a meme). Funnily enough, the two got into a turf war and ended in Volleying Insults. Again, other than their devoted fanbase, nobody really remembers them.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With every. Site. EVER! Okay not literally. But its biggest rivals are Google+, Tumblr, and Twitter.
    • As much as one can rival the second-most visited website on the planet.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • If you made a fanpage with the title in Chinese characters, Facebook failed to distinguish whether you were writing said characters as part of Chinese or Japanese and as such the URL would have the characters romanized as if they were part of Chinese regardless of context. This has since been fixed.
    • The Plane React. Thanks to a glitch, certain users were able to post a 7th react, which caught several people offguard. It has since been fixed.
    • "User shared a post/link/photo/video" were all replaced with "User shared live video" instead.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: An opinion held by those who were on Facebook back when it required a college email address to make an account.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • '98% of teenagers would die if Facebook shut down. Copy and paste this to your sig if you are part of the 2% that would sit back and laugh.'
    • 'That Awkward Moment' when you realize that you are one of them.
    • You might want to make that 98% of the population. There are some facebook-crazy adults too, and they're all under 25.
    • That awkward moment when you realize nobody really cares about your awkward moments.
    • Fake Facebook events involving singers and concerts at random restaurant venues. Notable ones include "Drake LIVE at Hooters at Peachtree", "GWAR at Cici's Pizza", "Ice T at Bill Miller", and others.
    • Standard Facebook image resolution.Explanation 
    • By September 1st, thousands of profile clones named Hugh Mungus (plural Hugh Mungi) began flooding the website user base. Explanation 
    • The Angry (sometimes spelled "Angery" on purpose) Reaction face. Of all of the "reactions", it is the most memed/photoshopped and is strangely photoshopped well on many faces of characters.
    • Goose on Fire when Facebook censoring a graphic, violent image about a goose head being set on fire... Except not really, the fire is actually a campfire behind the goose, and it appears like that because the way the picture is taken.
    • "You ok, hun? PM me" - as a way of mocking intentionally vague posts throwing shade at unnamed people.
    • "Type X if you agree", normally used as some sort of clickbait or attempt at a WAFF.
    • "I'm in this photo and I don't like it", a reason for taking down a picture. It's usually used as a reaction image for overly relatable posts .
      • I don't feel safe on Facebook.
  • Narm: Emotional posts or rants can often become this if they're full of spelling mistakes.
    • Facebook memories are long, sentimental clipshows that the site will occasionally tag users in, often using cutesy footage of people laughing and dancing with your profile picture superimposed in the foreground... which can easily be made absurd if your profile picture is something like this.
  • Newer Than They Think: Status updates and "Like" buttons. They're Facebook's two most well-known features, but the former didn't exist for the first five years of the website's lifespan, and the latter didn't exist for the first six years. Despite this, Facebook actually started gaining widespread popularity many years before either of them were introduced.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Some people often post disturbing, horrific, or outright Brown Note inducing pictures (usually for chainposting and hoaxing, if not actual news) and get away with it. It often appears in the timeline at the least you expect it. Mitigated by how Facebook will intensely blur those kinds of pictures with obvious warning messages (though some of them got free passes due to the automated nature), but outward links are usually not blurred.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The "Goose on Fire" as seen in Memetic Mutation above, as it's a simple camera trick involving campfire BEHIND the goose.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Facebook pretty much has all of your personal information, your tastes, and your social circle.
    • Of course, you could simply not put it there to begin with.
    • The founders of Facebook had proven themselves to be skillful hackers.
    • Take This Lollipop deconstructs your whole Facebook experience by putting the viewer In Another Man's Shoes of a psychotic stranger. The catch? You need to be connected to Facebook.note 
    • The "Like" button on many websites, including This Very Wiki, records that you've visited it, even if you're not logged into Facebook. Yes, Facebook knows every site you visit! Yes, all of them.
    • The aptly named "Stalker Apps." Facebook has always been jokingly accused of being friendly to Stalkers since you can find out every detail you want to know about a person from the comfort of your home, but then Facebook started adding mechanics in which you can actually find the exact spot a person is posting from. Now not only do stalkers know everything about you they now know where you are.
    • It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you: In 2014, it was revealed that Facebook was intentionally manipulating which posts its users saw (more negative, more positive, etc) in a social experiment to see how people reacted.
  • Scapegoat Creator: Whenever something goes wrong with Facebook or a new update or interface change is introduced, expect hundreds of angry users posting about how it's all Fuckerberg's fault.
  • The Scrappy: Many Facebook games and apps, especially Farmville.
    • The "Top Stories" feature. Most people just want to go on Facebook to look at posts that happen chronologically, not random posts. Even worse is that Facebook sometimes forces the "Top Stories' feature without people knowing. Fortunately, it's easy to switch it to "Most Recent".
    • The "Messenger" app is this. It currently has a 1 Star rating on the App Store and people complain on how it uses your information and eats up your mobile data too fast. People also complain that Facebook is forcing users to download it.
    • The "On This Day" feature for Facebook can be this for a lot of people. Sure, it can give you some posts from that one trip you went to a few years ago, but at the same time, it can constantly annoy and bug you about someone that you don't want to be reminded about anymore, including past relationships, people who aren't friends anymore, posts that you regret posting, and others. What really puts salt in the wound for the "past relationship" deal is that "On This Day" actually allows you to filter out memories of people ... however, it doesn't let you filter out people outside of your friend's list, which is usually the case for people who broke up after relationships. However, this is recently averted, as Facebook allows people to filter out anybody, in or outside of their friend's list.
    • The like symbolnote  that gets sent as an emoji - due to people usually sending it instead of replying to a message. It's gotten a reputation as a rude way to say "we're done here".
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Sometimes it blocks you from sending friend requests and private messaging to people who do not know you for a week for constantly sending friend requests to someone who may not know you. Emphasis on "may".
    • The "Seen at (Time)" Feature on Facebook Chat. It's a little timestamp on Facebook Chat that lets people know when they've seen messages, but it can also lead to mass paranoia, as one could think that they're ignoring them if they don't reply or don't see it at all.
    • Message Requests, previously known as the Other Mailbox. It works like the junk mail folder on your email and most messages there are typical spam messages, but every-so-often will serious messages from people you're not friends with (usually from your job or school) asking questions you could answer to be placed there as well. How many check their "Other" mailboxes on a regular basis? Some people doesn't even know they have that mailbox.
    • If your name is not "the name you use in everyday life" (in Facebook's wording, but in practice it's really "legal name", read further), and Facebook's staff catches a hold of it, they will threaten to disable your account unless you change your Facebook name to your legal name. Even if it is your legal name, you may get flagged for using a fake name anyway, and will have to provide government-issued proof (such as a driver's license, birth certificate, or passport) that it is your real name. This is a problem when one considers the Double Standards for what constitutes a legal-looking name (names of European origin are seen as more "real"-looking and thus acceptable than names coming from other cultures), people who use pseudonyms for safety or privacy reasons (such as to get away from stalkers and abusive family members), and people whose legal names are deadnames (e.g. due to being transgender). Further exacerbating all of this is that "false names" can be reported by users, meaning that all it takes is one or two people who have a grudge against you to jeopardize your account.
    • Want to visit a public Facebook page with posts that are somehow worth reading, even if you don't want to sign up? Then prepare to be constantly bothered by a hover ad that asks you to sign up for Facebook, AND blocks the public Facebook page that you're trying to read.Note 
    • You occasionally get notifications regarding your pages and while you can turn down the frequency of page notifications, you can't turn them off completely. Woe betide someone who makes a page for a joke or some other throwaway purpose, forgets it exists, and finds themselves suddenly being pelted with "People haven't heard from you in a while," "(page) has x new likes," etc. notifications. And to make matters worse...
    • You cannot instantly delete a page. You can only schedule a page to be deleted in 14 days.
    • "Attachment Unavailable. This attachment may have been removed or the person who shared it may not have permission to share it with you." To elaborate: If someone in a group links content on Facebook but that content doesn't have a privacy setting of "Public", the post within the group will still be visible, but those who don't have viewing privileges for the shared content will get an "Attachment Unavailable" error in place of the shared material, which can make affected members feel excluded from discussion (thus defeating the point of a group) for no clear reason. This applies even to group admins, which means that if a group has posting guidelines, they cannot check to see if the linked content is acceptable to show within the group. The error can also appear due to the shared post being deleted, which while not the poster's fault can leave those late to the party scratching their heads over just what others in the group were talking about before the shared post got canned.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many noticeable changes tend to get flak from many users. The more major ones will result in various protest groups with memberships of at least 1 million users.
    • The timeline is probably the most infamous to date. It received much hate for loss of privacy by making it easier for other people to look up your Facebook history. Facebook was also more aggressive than usual in forcing it to the users. They had a huge "Switch to Timeline" button just above your tiny Profile Button, as if to make you accidentally hit that button. And even if you were careful, Facebook eventually changed to the Timeline anyway.
    • The fact that you can no longer customize which friends are "featured" in your profile have been ticking off the head of many, mostly because they are sick of total strangers, people they dislike or "just acquaintances" randomly appearing in their featured friends box.
    • The Trending section of the site used to provide news in succinct, accurate summaries. Now their summaries are vague clickbait that barely tells you anything about what's trending, or bring in very biased views about politics or social issues. For example, one trend talked about Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis's new son and his strange name, but don't actually mention the name.
  • Vocal Minority: Not everybody feels the need to advertise every single aspect of their lives on the site, but when it's always the same people, to the point where they recurrently litter your wall with their relationship problems, it makes you realize why people tend to look down on Facebook and social-networking in general.


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