Facebook reaches new lows with email invitation spam
We've reported on Facebook's email invitation spam before and now a Bitterwallet reader flags the info that Facebook have become even more aggressive with email invitations.
Jim Carpenter has commented on the previous Facebook spam post:
Just found out that if you use the Share button under a photo or something and give an e-mail address then that e-mail address will show up on the list of people you have invited to Facebook AND they will start to automatically send “Reminder: Jim invited you to join Facebook…” spam! I just wanted to share something, not invite the person to FB and certainly not have FB spam them!!!!
When sharing a photo with friends or family the expected use of that personal email address is a one-time invitation to view the photos - not a continued marketing effort from Facebook asking your friend to join the site. As Jim says the email is given to Facebook for the purpose of sharing that photo, instead Facebook is storing the email address for future marketing use and implying the original sender wants the recipient to "join Facebook".
It's not easy to remove email addresses from the "invitation list" either. Mac Homer also left a comment about his experience trying to mass delete from the list. Every time he tried to do a mass removal of addresses he got the error: "Oops! Something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can. You may be able to try again." He was only able to remove email addresses from the list one at a time.
Last time we asked the question of whether this use of email addresses is permitted by UK email marketing law. We're going to follow up on that to try and get an answer but if you have any more thoughts, input or experiences with Facebook invitation spam please let us know in the comments!